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Legal Information: Puerto Rico
Updated: December 9, 2020
What happens if the abuser violates the order of protection?
If you believe that the abuser has violated the order of protection, you can call the police to report the violation. Violation of a an order of protection can be considered a felony in the fourth degree.1 Furthermore, you may be able to file a petition for contempt of court in the court that issued the order since a violation of the order can be considered contempt of court. The punishment for contempt can be a jail sentence, a fine, or both.2
1 8 L.P.R.A. § 1187
2 Vea 8 L.P.R.A. § 1185
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