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August 4, 2020

What happens if the respondent violates the order?

If the respondent violates a financial exploitation protective order, s/he could be found to be in contempt of court. The judge can order that the respondent pay you a reasonable amount of money for what it costs you to enforce the order.1

If the respondent violates an order that was issued based on a petition to freeze assets, s/he can be found guilty of the crime of financial exploitation, which can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how much money was exploited.2

1 W. Va. Code § 55-7J-6
2 W. Va. Code §§ 55-7J-5(d); 61-2-29b