Massachusetts Restraining Order Attorney Patrick Donovan has successfully fought for clients in Boston, Quincy and throughout Massachusetts. If you have been served with a 209a or restraining order you need to speak with an experienced lawyer.
What is a Restraining Order in Massachusetts?
A Restraining order is a common tool in domestic situations. Where there has been a family or domestic (dating or marriage) relationship a restraining order can be granted in District court. In Massachusetts a restraining order is also commonly referred to as a 209a order.
A 209a order can be given ex parte, or where there is only one party before the judge. Once a judge has found that domestic or dating relationship existed the parties, and the person seeking the order is in fear of imminent harm the judge can issue a temporary for up to ten days. After that, a two party hearing is conducted. The two party hearing is usually within ten days. If the judge issues the order it may be in effect for up to one year. This is your only chance to oppose the order. If you do not appear at this hearing the order will be issued for up to one year. You have a right to have an attorney for this hearing.
Restraining Order Victory
Client’s longtime live-in girlfriend got a temporary 209a order. She told the judge the client was abusive. Attorney Donovan argued she was not telling the whole story. The judge did not issue the order.
What Are The Consequences of a 209A Order?
If you have a firearms license and temporary order issues, you will be order to turn your firearms into the police. You must fight a temporary order or it can become permanent. A 209a order is a civil order with criminal penalties. Also, a violation of a 209a order may result in a five thousand dollar fine as well as up to two and a half years in the house of correction. Even if there is not a violation the order will go on your criminal record.
Once a restraining order has been issued it must be followed. It is important that the person listed on the order understands and complies with all of the order’s terms. For example, if the order specifies that the person does not make contact with the petitioner, the person must not make any contact what so ever. Violations of restraining orders can impact both divorce and child custody cases.
You need to speak with a Massachusetts restraining order attorney if there is restraining order against you. An experienced lawyer can help mount the best challenge to the order.
If you think that a restraining order should not have issued against you, you may have rights. If someone lied to the judge in order to get the restraining order it may be expunged from your record. Then call Mass Restraining Order Attorney Patrick Donovan if you think this has happened to you.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Restraining Order Hearing?
Massachusetts restraining order lawyer Patrick T. Donovan has successfully represented many people against restraining orders Boston and throughout Massachusetts. The Law Office of Patrick T. Donovan aggressively pursues the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients.
Patrick Donovan, a former Assistant District Attorney, uses his experience to get the best outcome for each of clients. Mr. Donovan has extensive. experience in restraining order defense in Massachusetts. He has appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts.
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