Can Being in a Zoom or WebEx Meeting Violate a Restraining Order?
What’s going to happen if I have a restraining order and I get on Zoom to make a meeting or a call and that person that I have the restraining order against is in the Zoom meeting?
It depends upon what the terms of the restraining or protective order are.
If you have a restraining order that prohibits someone from communicating with you, then if that person participates in a Zoom conference in which that person communicates with you that would constitute a violation of the restraining/protective order.
The trickier question is whether it would constitute a violation of the restraining/protective order for that person to participate in a Zoom call in which there are dozens of participants and the person against whom you have the restraining/protective order clearly is attending the meeting in good faith and for any malicious purpose, is ignorant of the fact your are among the other attendees, and then communicates with the group (not with you specifically). I had this very situation arise and, thankfully, the judge agreed that because my client and I proved that he 1) was a legitimate invitee to the group meeting, 2) did not know the woman who had the restraining order against him was in the group meeting too, and 3) that his communication was with the group (not with the woman with the order specifically), that did not constitute a violation of the prohibition against communication.
If you have a restraining order that does not prohibit communication but only prohibits someone from being within a certain distance of you (say 100 yards), then if that person participates, from another city or state, in a Zoom conference with you that would not constitute a violation of the restraining/protective order.
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