My question involves restraining orders in the State of: Maine
I recently obtained a permanent Protection from Harassment order against a woman who violently assaulted me three months ago. The order states amongst other things, that she is not to have an direct or indirect contact with me.
We went through the mediation process however, and I asked the mediator if I was in a restaurant or bar first, and she arrived and was aware of my presence, would she violate the order if she stayed. The mediator said that she would have to leave in such a situation or she would be violating the order.
Last night, I was with my boyfriend at a local bar having a 4th of July cocktail, when this woman and her boyfriend arrived. I don't think she saw me when she walked in, but as soon as she sat only ONE bar stool away from me, she absolutely noticed me then. None the less, they ordered a drink and made no attempt to relocate as far away from me as possible or to leave the bar altogether. I loudly said to my boyfriend, "It would be wise for some people to go to a different bar", so that she would hear me. Still she made no effort to leave. After about two minutes, I told my boyfriend I was going to go outside for a cigarette and that if she didn't leave within 5 minutes I was going to call the police to violate her.
I ended up reporting her and the police came, but to my shock and dismay, they didn't arrest her but instead told her to leave.
In light of this, I have two questions,
1. What is the legal definition of "direct or indirect contact"?
2. Did she violate the order by not leaving when she noticed me, and by remaining seated only one stool away from me?
Thank you in advance for any answers or input!