If you have been served with a Harassment Order you NEED to speak with a Massachusetts Harassment Order Lawyer. A harassment prevention order is a legal order issued by a judge to stop harassing contact. Harassment prevention orders can order someone to have no contact, to stay away, to not abuse and potentially pay money. Massachusetts harassment orders may be issued for up to one year and may be extended permanently. Violations of a Massachusetts harassment order may result in arrest, jail, fines or probation.
A judge may issue a harassment prevention order if there are three or more acts of malicious behavior. The definition of malicious behavior or harassment is acts that are directed against a specific person, with the intent to cause fear, intimidation, abuse or damage to property and that those acts actually do cause fear intimidation abuse or damage to property. A person that is a victim of certain crimes may need the legal standard in seeking a harassment protection in Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts Harassment Order Law
To apply for a harassment order in Massachusetts one must go to the courthouse and complete a written application. The application for a harassment order consists of an affidavit. An affidavit is a sworn statement. Once the application is complete there is an ex-parte or one sided hearing. After reviewing the application the judge may issue a temporary order for up to ten days. This order it has the same legal effect as if it was issued after the hearing. A two party hearing will then be scheduled.
Massachusetts Harassment Order Hearing
After the ten day temporary order there is two party hearing for an order that may be extended up to one year. The hearing is done before a judge and both sides may offer evidence and question each other and offer argument. Each side may be represented by a lawyer during this process.
What to do if you been served with a Massachusetts Harassment Prevent Order
- Stay Calm–There is nothing that can be done until the hearing
- Live by the order, if told to stay away stay away
- Avoid all third party contact and social media
- Avoid all contact–Don’t run into the person in town, if see the person in a store leave.
- Contact Massachusetts Harassment Order Lawyer Patrick Donovan he has successfully represented people on this in the past
Massachusetts Harassment Order Lawyer
Attorney Patrick T. Donovan, is a Massachusetts Criminal Attorney who has represented clients who have been served with harassment prevention orders in Boston and throughout the state of Massachusetts. Attorney Patrick Donovan is committed to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients.
Call the Law Office of Patrick T. Donovan today for your free initial consultation at 1 (617) 479- 1800.
Boston criminal attorney Patrick T. Donovan handles cases for clients located in: Boston Dorchester, West Roxbury, South Boston,, Quincy, Milton, Weymouth, Randolph, Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Rockland, Amherst, Dedham, Norwood, Cambridge, Somerville, Westwood, Needham, Wellesley, Stoughton, Brockton, Canton, Sharon, Avon, Revere, All of Cape Cod. Plymouth, Duxbury, Hanover. Attorney Donovan is also an experienced Quincy criminal lawyer.