Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
Wellesley Domestic Violence Protection Lawyer
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts takes a strong stance in cases of domestic violence. The legal system provides protections for people who have suffered abuse from family or household members.
The family Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., represents all types of clients in domestic violence cases.
If you or a family member has suffered abuse or threats, we can help you obtain a restraining order that can provide protection for you and your family.
We also represent people in civil hearings who wish to prevent the imposition of a restraining order.
If You Are A Victim Of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence occurs in all types of households — rich, poor and middle class. You, a family member, or a member of your household, do not have to live with abuse or threats.
Victims can obtain a restraining order under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 209A.
The first step is to obtain an emergency or ex parte restraining order from the police. Within 10 days, there will be a court hearing to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent.
The order can be of three types:
- a “stay-away order” — meaning that the person subject to the order cannot come within a specified distance of you or live in your home.
- a “no-contact order” — the person cannot have any contact, either verbal or in writing, with you.
- a “no-abuse order” — that allows some limited contact but no abuse
- a combined no-contact/no-abuse order
The family law offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri can represent you in this hearing and present evidence supporting your position. We can also represent you when it comes time to extend the protection order, or if you wish to have it lifted.
If You Are Accused Of Domestic Violence
False allegations of domestic violence are common. Lisa Ruggieri can represent you in a civil hearing.
Alcohol abuse, drug use or mental health issues can contribute to abusive behavior in some cases. The Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., can help you obtain help and the treatment you need in addition to representing you in court.