What is a no contact order?
In a domestic violence case, a no contact order is only available when the abuser has been arrested and charged with a crime. These orders are much more limited than orders of protection in the relief they can offer. When criminal charges are involved, a no contact provision can be made a condition of bond or pretrial release when the victim requests it (or by an attorney on the victim’s behalf). If the abuser contacts you and violates the order, s/he may be put back in jail even if s/he was released on bail or for a period of probation.
For certain crimes, no contact orders are a mandatory condition of pretrial release. They are automatically issued when the abuser is charged with one of the following crimes:
- Terroristic threatening;
- Harassing communications; and/or
- Unauthorized computerized communications.
Upon pretrial release of the abuser, a judicial officer will enter a no contact order in writing and will give notice to the defendant (the person being charged with a crime ) of possible penalties.
The second type of No Contact Order is issued post trial or post plea agreement. It is issued as a condition of probation or suspended imposition of sentence.
A.C.A. § 9-15-212