Facebook Communications May Violate Domestic Violence Restraining Orders of Protection

Woman has domestic violence restraining order of protection against her for benefit of Lady. That means no contact is allowed between the two.

Woman “tags” or sends a message to Lady within Facebook.

Now Woman faces criminal charges for violating the restraining order.

In her motion to dismiss the charge, Wife maintains that the order of protection does not specifically prohibit communications through Facebook.

The domestic violence judge disagrees, denying the motion. Because the order bars contact through “electronic or any other means”.

Past cases have likened tagging to e-mail.