No Contact Orders

A No Contact Order (NCO) prohibits the defendant from contacting the victim in person, by phone, through writing or through a third party at the victim's residence, workplace or school. The NCO remains in effect while the case is pending. A No Contact Order with a duration of up to two years may be issued as a condition of sentence following conviction or as a condition of an agreed disposition. A No Contact Order issued by a judge is valid and enforceable even if it is not signed by the defendant.

After a No Contact Order has been issued, only the Court has the authority to lift the order. To petition the Court to consider canceling an NCO, the victim must contact the Bothell City Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit.


Violation of a No Contact Order which does not involve an assault is a separate gross misdemeanor offense. A No Contact Order violation which does involve an assault or reckless endangerment may be filed as a felony offense. A third conviction for violation of a No Contact Order may also be filed as a felony offense.