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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Restraining Order in Massachusetts?

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If you’re looking to file a restraining order or defend against a restraining order, you need a lawyer to represent you.  A restraining order lawyer can protect your rights.

A restraining order is a court order prohibiting one person from contacting another person, abusing them, and coming near them, along with many other possible conditions. These orders are sometimes known as a 209A order (after the section of law) or an abuse prevention order.

209A orders only apply to family members, while a harassment prevention order protects people regardless of relationship.  A restraining order lawyer can help you with either situation.

If you have been served with an abuse prevention order or a restraining order, it’s critical to contact a restraining order defense attorney to help defend you. A restraining order can have critical consequences, such as loss of your gun rights, eviction from your home, and restriction of your movement.

​Restraining orders can be issued for a shorter period of time ex parte, meaning without the other party being heard. A one-year restraining order or permanent restraining order is generally only issued after a two-party hearing. A domestic violence defense attorney can help you defend against these restraining orders and help you present your defense.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for a Restraining Order?

​A restraining order hearing can be a critical part of your defense for a domestic violence charge as well. It provides a crucial chance to cross-examine your accuser and determine their credibility. The record of this cross-examination can serve as an important part of your later defense.

​An attorney can help you defend against the restraining order, present documents on your behalf, and investigate the case. While I can’t guarantee that I will win, I guarantee that I will fight as hard I can.

​Violation of a restraining order is a misdemeanor that can be punished with jail time up to two and a half years. If you’re accused of violating a restraining order, you could be summoned for a clerk magistrate hearing or you could be immediately arrested.​

A lawyer can also help file a restraining order. While you can file the paperwork yourself in district court, a restraining order attorney can help present the evidence.

If you have been served with a domestic violence 209A restraining order you need a lawyer to represent you. Call me today at 617-356-8217. It’s critical that we get started on your defense right away.

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