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Three Restraining Order Victories in One Week

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This past week, the Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson achieved three significant victories in restraining order cases. These wins underscore the importance of experienced legal representation in defending against false allegations. In this post, we’ll explore these victories, discuss why you need an attorney if you’re facing a restraining order, and provide practical tips for your defense.

Understanding Restraining Orders

Restraining orders are legal documents issued by a court to protect individuals from harassment, abuse, or threats. While they serve an essential purpose in safeguarding victims, they can sometimes be misused or based on false allegations. It’s crucial to understand the implications of a restraining order and how it can impact your life.

Types of Restraining Orders

There are several types of restraining orders, including emergency, temporary, and permanent orders. They can also be based on a family relationship between the parties (209A or abuse prevention order) or if the parties are strangers (258E or harassment prevention order).

The Impact of a Restraining Order

A restraining order can have significant consequences, including restrictions on your movements, contact with certain individuals, and even your living arrangements. It can also affect your employment and reputation, including appearing on your criminal record. Understanding these impacts can help you prepare for the challenges ahead.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Having an experienced attorney is critical when facing a restraining order. They can guide you through the legal process, gather evidence, and represent you in court. The following sections highlight three recent victories achieved by the Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson, demonstrating the importance of skilled legal defense.

Motion to Vacate in Waltham District Court

Our first victory this week involved a motion to vacate a restraining order in Waltham District Court. Our client was falsely accused of an offense that led to the issuance of the restraining order. However, newly discovered video evidence proved our client’s innocence.

The video showed that our client was not at the scene of the alleged offense. This crucial piece of evidence contradicted the plaintiff’s claim that she saw our client’s car. The judge found the evidence compelling and concluded that the restraining order should not have been issued in the first place.  The judge allowed our motion to vacate, effectively removing the restraining order against our client. This victory highlights the importance of gathering and presenting concrete evidence to support your defense.  If you’re facing a restraining order, it’s essential to collect any evidence that can prove your innocence. Video footage, witness statements, and other documentation can be pivotal in your defense.

Denial of Extension in Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court

Our second victory occurred in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Our client was accused by his wife of threatening her over a phone call. However, we had a witness who confirmed that no such threat was made.

The witness’s testimony played a crucial role in our defense strategy. They were present during the phone call and could attest that no threats were made. This testimony cast doubt on the plaintiff’s credibility.  We also presented evidence that the plaintiff had previously been arrested for assaulting our client. This information further undermined the plaintiff’s claims and highlighted her history of violence.  The judge did not credit the plaintiff’s accusations and denied the restraining order extension. This victory reinforces the importance of having credible witnesses and a thorough understanding of the plaintiff’s history.

When facing a restraining order, it’s vital to identify and present witnesses who can corroborate your account of events. Additionally, understanding the plaintiff’s history can provide valuable context for your defense.

Denial of Permanent Extension in Waltham District Court

Our third victory involved a client who had been facing a restraining order since 2021. The plaintiff sought a permanent extension, but we successfully demonstrated that the order was no longer necessary.

We presented video evidence that contradicted the plaintiff’s allegations. The footage revealed that the plaintiff’s claims were motivated by jealousy and the discovery of an affair. This evidence discredited her accusations.  We also showed that our client had fully complied with the restraining order and that the parties had been cooperating. This demonstrated that the restraining order was no longer needed to ensure safety or compliance.

The judge denied the request for a permanent restraining order and terminated the restraining order, finding it was no longer necessary. This victory underscores the importance of maintaining compliance and presenting evidence of cooperation.  If you’re facing a restraining order, it’s crucial to comply with its terms and document your compliance. Evidence showing that the order is no longer necessary can be instrumental in your defense at an extension hearing.

The Need for an Attorney

These victories highlight the importance of having an experienced attorney when facing a restraining order. An attorney can provide invaluable guidance, gather evidence, and represent you in court. Here are some key reasons why you should seek legal representation:

Legal Expertise

An attorney understands the complexities of restraining order cases and can develop a strong defense strategy. They know the legal standards and procedures, ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the process.

Evidence Collection

Gathering and presenting evidence is critical in restraining order cases. An attorney can help you identify and obtain the necessary documentation, including witness statements, video footage, and other relevant materials.

Court Representation

Navigating the court system can be daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with legal proceedings. An attorney can represent you in court, making persuasive arguments on your behalf and challenging false allegations.

Practical Tips for Defending Against Restraining Orders

While having an attorney is essential, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your defense:

Gather Evidence

Collect any evidence that supports your innocence, such as video footage, text messages, or emails. Document any interactions with the plaintiff and keep detailed records of your activities.

Identify Witnesses

Identify individuals who can testify on your behalf. Witnesses can provide critical testimony that contradicts the plaintiff’s claims and supports your account of events.

Maintain Compliance

If a restraining order has been issued against you, ensure that you comply with all its terms. Document your compliance and any efforts you’ve made to cooperate with the plaintiff.


Facing a restraining order can be a daunting experience, but with the right legal representation and a solid defense strategy, you can achieve a favorable outcome. The Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson’s recent victories highlight the importance of gathering evidence, presenting credible witnesses, and maintaining compliance.

If you’re facing a restraining order, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process, protect your rights, and help you achieve the best possible outcome. Remember, you don’t have to face this challenge alone. Reach out to the Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson for expert assistance in defending against restraining orders.  Call or text me at 617-295-7500, or send me a message through my website.


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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