Section 30-5-9

Penalties.

A defendant who has violated a protection order issued pursuant to this chapter by the commission of an act of abuse as defined in this chapter or conduct other than abuse in violation of the order shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. On the first conviction, the defendant shall be punished as provided by law. On a second conviction, the defendant shall be punished by a minimum of 30 days imprisonment which may not be suspended. On a third or subsequent conviction, the defendant shall be punished by a minimum sentence of 120 days imprisonment which may not be suspended. Upon conviction, the person shall be required to pay one-third of the cost of incarceration for each day imprisoned in the county jail. The cost shall be determined by the judge and shall be entered as a money judgment against the defendant in favor of the county for which execution shall let. All monies collected for the cost of incarceration shall be deposited into the county general fund earmarked for the administration of the county jail. The person shall also be subject to existing penalties upon conviction of any criminal charges arising out of the incident which is the basis of any protection order. The criminal penalties provided by this section shall not affect any contempt of court proceeding.

(Acts 1981, No. 81-476, p. 826, §9; Acts 1995, No. 95-542, p. 1126, §1; Act 99-447, p. 1039, §1.)