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Estatutos Estatales Seleccionados: Arkansas

Estatutos Seleccionados: Arkansas

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Actualizada: 
12 de febrero de 2020

9-15-207. Protection order - Enforcement - Penalties - Criminal jurisdiction.

(a) Any order of protection granted under this chapter is enforceable by a law enforcement agency with proper jurisdiction.

(b) An order of protection shall include a notice to the respondent or party restrained that:

(1) A violation of the order of protection is a Class A misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one (1) year’s imprisonment in the county jail or a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both;

(2) A violation of an order of protection under this section within five (5) years of a previous conviction for violation of an order of protection is a Class D felony;

(3) It is unlawful for an individual who is subject to an order of protection or convicted of a misdemeanor of domestic violence to ship, transport, or possess a firearm or ammunition under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8) and (9) as it existed on January 1, 2019;

(4) A conviction of violation of an order of protection under this section within five (5) years of a previous conviction for violation of an order of protection is a Class D felony;

(5) A person who is a respondent or an enjoined party is restrained from harassing, stalking, or threatening a person named in an order of protection as a family or household member, a child of the family or household member, or a child of the respondent or enjoined party; and

(6) A person who is a respondent or an enjoined party is restrained from engaging in other conduct that would place a person named in an order of protection as a family or household member, a child of the family or household member, or a child of the respondent or enjoined party in reasonable fear of bodily injury.

(c) For respondents eighteen (18) years of age or older or emancipated minors, jurisdiction for the criminal offense of violating the terms of an order of protection is with the circuit court or other courts having jurisdiction over criminal matters.

(d)(1) In the final order of protection, the petitioner’s home or business address may be excluded from notice to the respondent.

(2) A court shall also order that the petitioner’s copy of the order of protection be excluded from any address where the respondent happens to reside.

(e) A law enforcement officer shall not arrest a petitioner for the violation of an order of protection issued against a respondent.

(f) When a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that a respondent has violated an order of protection and has been presented verification of the existence of the order of protection, the officer may arrest the respondent without a warrant whether or not the violation occurred in the presence of the officer if the order of protection was obtained according to this chapter and the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure.

(g) An order of protection issued by a court of competent jurisdiction in any county of this state is enforceable in every county of this state by any court or law enforcement officer.

(h) An order of protection shall include either:

(1) A finding that the respondent presents a credible threat to the physical safety of a person named in an order of protection as a family or household member, a child of the family or household member, or a child of the respondent or enjoined party; or

(2) An explicit prohibition against the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person named in the order of protection as a family or household member, a child of the family or household member, or a child of the respondent or enjoined party which would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.