A restraining order (often called a protective order or a 209A order) is a legal order issued by a Massachusetts court. The order requires that one person avoid contact with another, either directly or through third party contact, as well as comply with other requirements. These may include not contacting children named in the order or entering the home you share with your spouse. Further, 209A orders may stay on your record for life.
Often a person who takes out a restraining order will do it "ex parte," meaning that they do it without the other person present. They simply fill out a form and appear before a judge. The judge usually enters the order and the opposing person is notified that the order is in effect. They will also be notified of a hearing that will take place in 10 days.
If someone you know is seeking a restraining order against you, you may have only a few days to respond. It is critical that you respond quickly. Contact the Medford, Massachusetts, law office of William Barabino by calling 781-393-5900 for a free and confidential consultation.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Barabino understands that restraining orders may be used for unintended purposes. They can be used to gain leverage in child custody proceedings, divorce proceedings and related probate matters. They may even be used by scorned lovers as punishment.
It can be very easy to violate a 209A order. Many people who have been accused of violating a domestic violence restraining order had no idea that their actions were prohibited. In fact, there are many events that lead to accusations of violation:
If you have been accused of a restraining order violation, contact criminal defense attorney William Barabino by calling his Medford, Massachusetts, law office at 781-393-5900. You may also complete his online contact form.