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Legal Information: South Carolina

Restraining Orders

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December 8, 2020

What happens if the respondent violates the order?

If the respondent violates the order, you can report it to law enforcement. Depending on what the respondent did to violate the order, it can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The punishment for a misdemeanor violation is up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. The punishment for a felony violation is up to five years in prison.1

1 S.C. Code § 16-3-1910(O)

Can my order be extended?

You can file a request to have the order extended before it expires.4 However, there is no specific timeframe laid out in the law as to how long the extension can last.

​1 S.C. Code § 16-3-1910(M)(2)