(1) Violation of the terms or conditions of an order of protection after the person has been served or given notice of the order shall constitute contempt of court and a criminal offense under this section. Once a criminal or contempt proceeding has been initiated, the other shall not be undertaken regardless of the outcome of the original proceeding.
(2) (a) Court proceedings for contempt of court for violation of an order of protection shall be held in the county where the order was issued or filed.
(b) Court proceedings for a criminal violation of an order of protection shall follow the rules of venue applicable to criminal cases generally.
(3) Nothing in this section shall preclude the Commonwealth from prosecuting and convicting the respondent of criminal offenses other than violation of an order of protection.
(4) (a) A person is guilty of a violation of an order of protection when he or she intentionally violates the provisions of an order of protection after the person has been served or given notice of the order.
(b) Violation of an order of protection is a Class A misdemeanor.
Effective: January 1, 2016
History: Repealed and reenacted 2015 Ky. Acts ch. 102, sec. 17, effective January 1,
2016. — Created 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 172, sec. 15, effective July 14, 1992.
Legislative Research Commission Note (1/1/2016). In 2015 Ky. Acts ch. 102, sec. 17, this statute was repealed and reenacted with language substantially different from that contained in the version current at that time. In Section 51 of that Act, KRS 403.763 (this statute) was also included in the list of statutes to be repealed. In codification, the Reviser of Statutes has determined that there was no intention to both repeal and repeal and reenact the same statute and that the inclusion of KRS 403.763 in the list of statutes to be repealed was a manifest clerical or typographical error. As such, that repeal will not prevail over its repeal and reenactment in the same Act under the authority of KRS 7.136(1)(h).