Interstate Violation of a Protection Order Law and Legal Definition

Interstate violation of a protection order refers to an order that cause another to cross state lines fleeing because of domestic violence committed in violation of a protection order.

The following is the federal law that provides a statutory framework regarding interstate violation of a protection order:

a. Travel or conduct of offender- A person who travels in interstate or foreign commerce, or enters or leaves Indian country or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, with the intent to engage in conduct that violates the portion of a protection order that prohibits or provides protection against violence, threats, or harassment against, contact or communication with, or physical proximity to, another person, or that would violate such a portion of a protection order in the jurisdiction in which the order was issued, and subsequently engages in such conduct, shall be punished; and

b. Causing travel of victim- A person who causes another person to travel in interstate or foreign commerce or to enter or leave Indian country by force, coercion, duress, or fraud, and in the course of, as a result of, or to facilitate such conduct or travel engages in conduct that violates the portion of a protection order that prohibits or provides protection against violence, threats, or harassment against, contact or communication with, or physical proximity to, another person, or that would violate such a portion of a protection order in the jurisdiction in which the order was issued, shall be punished. [18 USCS § 2262]