California Penal Code §166(a)(4) Violation Of Court Order

  1. Introduction

    A person may be charged with violation of a court order if s/he violates a restraining order.

  2. Text of the Statute

    (a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b), (c), and (d), a person guilty of any of the following contempts of court is guilty of a misdemeanor:

    (4) Willful disobedience of the terms as written of any process or court order or out-of-state court order, lawfully issued by a court, including orders pending trial.

  3. Cases

    Research is ongoing.

  4. Practice Pointers

    That is a six-month misdemeanor. documenting further violations by the police (even if they don't immediately arrest her) will help any prosecution later. If your client is not afraid for his safety, it is unlikely the police will arrest her.