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Man arrested for violating protective order in Rhode Island

The failure of a relationship, especially one involving children, can lead to legal injunctions, whether in Rhode Island or elsewhere. Usually, courts try to establish what is best for the children, and issues orders based on legal precedents where available. While there are many established guidelines, the fallout of a ruling can involve further legal proceedings. Thus it is possible that a child custody order can lead to a second judgment involving a protective order.

A Coventry, Rhode Island, resident was arrested following a stand-off with the police at his sister's house in Scituate, also in RI, after he refused to vacate the premises. He got into the house earlier without permission, and his sister called the police after discovering his presence. Given that he was also the subject of a lookout notice issued by the police department in Warwick, the Scituate police called in the Rhode Island State Police for assistance.

Earlier, he allegedly attempted to force his way into his ex-girlfriend's bedroom, at her residence in Warwick, by prying open a window. His ex-girlfriend, who had recently taken out a protective order against him, was in the room with their child at the time of the incident. The break-in attempt made her contact the local police department, and subsequently a lookout alert was issued.

Such orders are normally issued in circumstances involving domestic violence as a means of preventing further violent acts from occurring. The violation of a protective order is usually seen as further evidence of violence within the household, and is taken very seriously by the police as well as the courts. As in this particular case, the order may not put an immediate and total stop to such incidents, but may be effective in the long run, especially if proper judicial recourse is sought. It is generally recommended that people seeking the implementation of such a court order obtain accurate legal advice prior to approaching a court, although they can directly go to a judge.

Source:,Coventry man arrested after overnight standoff", Jessica Boisclair, Mar. 18, 2014

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