When calling the police can no longer give an ordinary citizen protection from another, restraining orders can be the next step, a quick and secure way to get the courts involved. Getting the courts involved means having a judge order someone to stay away from you, your loved ones, and areas you frequent. If this is something that you are interested in filing, or if you feel a restraining order has been unfairly taken out on you, contact our offices today.
A restraining order (also known as a 209A protective order) is a legal order issued by a judge that requires one person to stay away from another person. The process of getting a 209A restraining order is considered a civil, rather than a criminal proceeding, but the violation of one is considered a criminal act of violence, PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OR IMPRISONMENT.
To obtain a restraining order in Massachusetts, a person must prove, by a preponderance of evidence, that
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