I know outside of court I cannot have any contact with the petitioner. That may be the same within court as well i'm not sure. But can I say in her presence or to the judge directly that I wish to improve relations in the future whether the order is dismissed or after a permanent order is in place (depending on the outcome). I just want to be clear that I am not upset or mad at this person and want things to be good if the possibility ever exists (after no order exists and if they ever wished to contact me)
No. There is no such thing as a reconciliation unless the victim agrees and withdraws her petition. Otherwise, you should not use reconciliation as a defense and instead retain counsel to minimize your exposure to a two year order of protection. The victim can always call 911 and have you arrested and then indicted for felony violation of that order of protection.
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