COLUMBUS - State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) today announced the House passage of Senate Bill 7, legislation strengthening existing law so that offenders who avoid service of a protection order and knowingly violate the terms of the order can be prosecuted.

“In many cases current law does not allow for prosecution of individuals who intentionally avoid and knowingly violate protection orders,” said Bacon. “This legislation prevents people who knowingly violate protection orders from taking advantage of loopholes in the law.” 

The legislation overturns an Ohio Supreme Court ruling (State v. Smith-2008-1781) which determined that current statute does not permit prosecution in cases where the offender knowingly violated a protection order but did not receive formal service prior to the violation.

Senate Bill 7 will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. 

 
 
 
  
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“In many cases current law does not allow for prosecution of individuals who intentionally avoid and knowingly violate protection orders,” said Bacon. “This legislation prevents people who knowingly violate protection orders from taking advantage of loopholes in the law.”