A restraining order is a civil proceeding in which a person seeks to have a court order for protection. The scope of the orders range from prohibiting any abuse to having no contact at all. The basis for a restraining order is a person claiming they are in fear of another person based on allegations that may not even be true.
The procedure happens on short notice, and if you are defending an order you may need an attorney. If you are also being charged with a crime for allegations by the same person seeking a restraining order, whatever you say in your defense could be used against you in the criminal case. An attorney can present witnesses or other evidence that are favorable to you without your having to testify in court.
A restraining order will appear on your permanent record. Also, if you are accused of violating an order, even if you have not, you could be charged with a criminal offense.
If you believe you are going to be served or have already been served with a Restraining Order, call 508-944-3397 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation and discuss your case.