You need to speak with an experienced Massachusetts Restraining Order if you have been served with a 209a or restraining order. Attorney. Attorney Donovan has successfully defended many clients against Massachusetts restraining orders.
What is a Restraining Order in Massachusetts?
Restraining orders in Massachusetts are a common tool that is used in domestic violence 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.
In Massachusetts, a 209a order can be given ex parte, or where there is 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. Within ten days a full hearing is conducted. 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.
What Are The Consequences of a Restraining Order?
If you have a firearms license and temporary order issues, you will be order to turn your firearms into the police. If a temporary order is issued against you, you must appear in court and fight it. A 209a order is a civil order with criminal penalties. It can be issued for up to one year. 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 a 209a restraining order will go on your criminal record.
Once a restraining order has been issued, it is important that the person listed upon 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. If the person makes contact, he/she can be charged with violating a restraining order, which can result in immediate legal action. Additionally, violating a restraining order can greatly damage any other legal proceedings the person may be involved in, such as a divorce or child custody proceeding.
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. Contact Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Donovan if you think this has happened to you.
Do I Need a Massachusetts Restraining Order Attorney?
Massachusetts Restraining Order Attorney Patrick T. Donovan has successfully represented many people against restraining orders Boston and throughout Massachusetts. At the Law Office of Patrick T. Donovan, we are committed to aggressively pursuing 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.
Call the Law Office of Patrick T. Donovan today for your free initial consultation at 617-479-1800.
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