Location: Indiana, USA
Background: A friend of mine has a temporary no-contact order placed against him for his girlfriend. His girlfriend didn't want the order, but the state placed the order anyway. She is still allowed to message him. Being a good egg, he didn't message her back and has followed the law waiting for his pre-trial agreement to run out and the order to lift.
Concern: She sent him pictures - empty bottles of vodka and her bleeding wrists - and some messages something to the effect of
I hate my ****ing life. I just want to end it. This is a pattern of hers that really messes with him (my friend) so he broke the order to console her, then she proceeded to tell other people (her friends and family) that he broke the order.
Question: Does the law or judge ever make exceptions for events such as this? A deliberate breaking of a court order, but with good intentions? Or would he be facing the same punishments if word makes it back around to the court?
Edit: I understand Necessity in Criminal Law may come into play here, but I'm unsure if this is a strong enough argument.