Restraining Orders & 209A Violations
Wellesley Restraining Order Defense Attorney
If a temporary restraining order was issued against you, it is important to consult an experienced family violence lawyer as soon as possible. There are only 10 days until the hearing at which the court will decide whether to dismiss the allegations and temporary restraining order, or to make the order permanent.
At the Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., we have extensive experience handling family law cases arising from domestic disputes, allegations of domestic violence and violations of 209A orders (also known as restraining orders).
Schedule a consultation with a Boston and Wellesley restraining order defense attorney who will advocate for your interests. Call the Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., at 781-489-3759 or send us an email.
Massachusetts 209A Orders
In Massachusetts, 209A orders provide protection against abuse by family members, household members, members of dating relationships, parents who share a minor child and certain other classifications of people.
Commonly referred to as protective orders, stay-away orders, no-contact orders, no-abuse orders and restraining orders, 209A orders can be extremely limiting to your personal and professional life. They can affect your visitation rights and ability to spend time with your children, your ability to return to your home, your ability to contact your spouse or ex-spouse to address parenting pickup or drop-off schedule, and many other aspects of your family life. In addition, if your job requires you to carry a gun, the imposition of a 209A order can severely affect your employment.
Unfortunately, many times, false allegations of abuse are made to gain leverage in a contested divorce or child custody dispute. These accusations can be difficult to overcome if you are not represented by an experienced and aggressive restraining order defense lawyer.
Wellesley, Boston And Natick 209A Violation Lawyer
If a 209A order is issued against you, it is important to understand the full scope of the order. Otherwise, you could face criminal charges for violating the restraining order. Depending on the scope of the restraining order, you could face a violation for:
- Calling, texting or emailing the protected individual — even if you were responding to a message from that individual
- Going to the individual’s home or even coming within a certain distance of it
- Harassing the individual with prank hang-up phone calls
- Other restricted behavior
Violation of a 209A order can result in harsh consequences, including steep fines, jail time and additional collateral consequences. It is critical to have a skilled lawyer on your side who will aggressively fight to protect your interests and work with you to develop a defense strategy to counter the allegations against you.