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Washington Protective Orders

Code Section
26.50.01, et seq.

Activity Addressed by Order
Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling, employment, school and day care; regarding minors: temporary custody; counseling; electronic monitoring; court costs and attorney fees

Restraining order to protect minors: maximum 1 year, may be extended. Ex parte temporary order: maximum 14 or 24 days, may be reissued

Penalty for a Violation of Order
Gross misdemeanor: contempt of court. If assault less than 1st or 2nd degree occurs: Class C felony. If reckless or substantial risk of death or serious injury: Class C felony. If at least 2 prior protective order violations: Class C felony

Who May Apply for Order
Any person on behalf of self, or minor family or household member. Department of Social and Health Services may seek on behalf of and with consent of any vulnerable adult.

Fees Waived

Transmission to Law Enforcement
Entered into statewide judicial information system within one judicial day; copy on or before next judicial day to appropriate law enforcement agency

Civil Liability
Yes, contempt of court

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