Massachusetts General Laws chapter 209A provides a family or household member, including someone related by a significant dating relationship, with the ability to seek a restraining order to provide protection from abuse. Whether you are seeking a restraining order or someone has filed for a restraining order against you, you are entitled to and should seek the representation of an attorney. The issuance of a restraining order against you will go on your permanent criminal record and could affect your job prospects and potential child custody determinations in the case of divorce.
It is all too easy for the court to find you in violation of a restraining order, even if the alleged victim was the one to contact you or you have not been in contact with the victim at all. Violation of a restraining order is a serious offense and will result in jail time in many cases.
Protect your rights, your safety, and your freedom. As a former domestic violence prosecutor and rape crisis counselor, I assisted clients in obtaining restraining orders necessary for their protection. As a defense and divorce attorney, I defend clients against often-frivolous petitions filed in order to manipulate the court. Whether you require a restraining order for your protection or defense against a petition, I will present your case to the court so as to maximize the likelihood of a ruling in your favor.
To discuss how I can assist you in obtaining a court ruling in your favor, call (978) 704-9223 or email Lance Law LLC to schedule a consultation.