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Legal Question: Sexual Assault

What happens if I’m in compliance with a Temporary Sexual Assault Order but cannot appear in court?

If this was a SAPO connected to criminal charges, and you fail to appear in court, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. If this was a civil order and you fail to appear for the full hearing after properly being given notice of the hearing, the judge will likely enter a longer-term “permanent” order without you having any input on the matter. Contact an attorney for further assistance.

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