A Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO) is a court order that prohibits you from having contact with a family or household member who is an alleged victim of the disturbance or offense. This can make things inconvenient and unpleasant for not only the accused, but for anyone initially involved in the domestic disturbance or incident that led to an arrest. DANCOs are put into effect when emotions are high. This can lead to DANCOs being violated quite frequently. With the help of an attorney, you can seek to modify or cancel your DANCO.
Modifying a Domestic Abuse No Contact Order
In some cases, a DANCO can be extremely inconvenient and may be unnecessary. If you are a witness or non-arrested party in a domestic disturbance, you may not want your friend, family member, or significant other to have a DANCO barring them from being around you. Maybe the incident was overblown and exaggerated, maybe alcohol caused things to get out of hand, or maybe it was simply a one-time occurrence that you did not view as a threat. Whatever the case, an attorney can help you attempt to petition the court to remove the DANCO.
This is a complicated process, and it’s never easy to have a DANCO modified. They are intended to help keep those who can’t speak up for themselves safe, so you’ll have an uphill battle if you want to modify a DANCO in Minnesota.
Domestic Abuse No Contact Order Violation
You must abide by the DANCO even if it temporarily prevents you from seeing your family, no matter how inconvenient and painful that may be. Of course, that’s not always what ends up happening. If you’ve reached a point where you have violated a DANCO, you need representation from an aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. A DANCO violation is its own criminal offense and often comes with its own significant repercussions (prison time, fines, etc). DANCO violations are enhanceable offenses, which means that you can be charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony crime, depending on prior record.
Minnesota Lawyers Who Defend Against Unfounded DANCOs
Whether you’ve been labeled as a “victim” and want to modify an unnecessary DANCO, or you’ve violated a DANCO against you and need to defend your case, contact Sieben Edmunds Miller for assistance. Our criminal defense attorneys will help you gather your evidence and prepare to plead your case to a judge – the only person who can modify a DANCO. Contact Sieben Edmunds Miller at (651) 994-6744 to start working on your case today.