The police arrested you for domestic violence, and you are just beginning to understand the repercussions. As my clients look to understand their bail conditions, the question (Is There A Way to Remove a No Contact Order (NCO) from my Bail Conditions in Maine?) is one I often hear from clients charged with violating one of Maine’s Domestic Violence Laws.
You need to be aware that being charged with a Domestic Violence crime in Maine triggers mandatory bail conditions. Those conditions are:
- A No Contact Order: You will need to avoid all contact with the alleged victim. This order bans any contact with the alleged victim by any means. You cannot have direct contact, such as facebook messaging, face to face discussions or phone calls. You also cannot have indirect contact through a friend or other third party. If the alleged victim tries to contact you, you cannot respond to them. No contact is what it says it is – No Contact.
- No use or possession of Alcohol or Illegal Drugs if the presence of either during the incident has been alleged.
- No possession of dangerous weapons, including all firearms
- Being subject to random searches and seizures of your person, home, and vehicle to assure that you are complying with you bail conditions
Once a “no contact” order has been issued as a condition of your bail, your DV Defense attorney can go to court and submit a motion to modify bail. The motion to modify bail will request said contact and show how and why there is cause to modify the no contact order. If the motion to modify bail is granted, you will be able to have contact under the new terms. There are no guarantees that requesting a modification of bail will end up being successful. In my experience, I have seen situations where due to child-care needs within a small young family, the no contact order was modified so that the offending parent could come home to help provide child-care.
In summary, the answer to the question (s There A Way to Remove a No Contact Order (NCO) from my Bail Conditions in Maine) is Yes. In Maine, your DV attorney needs to request a motion to modify bail.
If you or someone you know is charged with a domestic violence crime in Maine such as DV assault, I encourage you to contact The Nielsen Group for your free legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will take the time to answer your questions and to put your mind at ease as we work with you to determine a defense strategy.
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