The Kansas legislature has classified Violation of a Protective Order as a misdemeanor crime in nearly all cases. Misdemeanor crimes are divided into four different classifications. Each classification of misdemeanor crimes are assigned an appropriate punishment in accordance with their severity level. There are four categories with corresponding punishment maximums. 

Class A- These are the highest severity level of misdemeanor crimes. Common class A misdemeanors include theft, second offense driving while intoxicated, second offense driving on a suspended license, second offense marijuana possession, second offense domestic battery, battery on a law enforcement officer and Violation of a Protective Order. The maximum punishment for a class A misdemeanor is up to 1 year in the county jail. 

Class B- These are the second highest severity level misdemeanor crimes. Common class B misdemeanors are driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, and domestic battery. The maximum punishment for a class B misdemeanor is up to 6 months in jail. 

Class C- These are the least severe misdemeanor crimes. Common crimes that fall into this group are patronizing a prostitute or disorderly conduct. The punishment range for a class C misdemeanor is up to 30 days in jail. 

Unclassified Misdemeanors- These are crimes that are not ranked in the above classifications. Each unclassified misdemeanor is assigned a specific punishment range usually listed in each particular law. The maximum possible range is up to 1 year in county jail.

To put it bluntly, a charge of Violation of a Protective Order is a serious deal. It is possible to get into more trouble for violating a protection order that is put in place than hitting your wife or husband during an argument. If you find yourself charged with Violation of a protective order you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer from the outset. Depending on how the case is charged, if you are convicted you can lose your right to have a firearm. If you need help with a case like this feel free to contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Roth Davies for a free case evaluation.