Restraining Orders Have Civil And Criminal Elements

A restraining order is a civil order issued by the court that prohibits a person from being within a set proximity or making contact with the person who filed the restraining orders. In other words, a restraining order tells or prohibits a person from doing something. A restraining order can prevent contact and abuse.

It is very common for people to file for a restraining order after they have been a victim of stalking, harassment, threats, or abuse, or domestic violence. These orders may be temporary or long term. After filing for a restraining order, people can feel that their individual safety and well-being are protected. Additionally, after a restraining order has been filed, the person listed on the restraining order must adhere to strict terms.

Contact me, criminal defense lawyer Nicole Colby Longton, in Worcester today to schedule a free consultation regarding restraining orders.

Violating A Restraining Order

Even though the restraining order is a civil order, violation of the restraining order is a criminal offense. Violating a restraining order can lead to jail time, hefty fines, and probation. Furthermore, if the person who violated the order is involved in an ongoing legal battle with the person who filed the order, his/her case can be negatively impacted by his/her failure to follow the law.

If you are accused of violating a restraining order, you will need to retain the services of a professional, experienced criminal defense attorney who has a successful track record when it comes to fighting criminal charges in the state of Massachusetts. When you face such life-altering legal consequences, you cannot risk being without reliable, aggressive legal representation.

Contact A Worcester, Dudley, East Brookfield and surrounding area Restraining Order Attorney

Contact me by calling 508-793-2000 for a free consultation. I can answer your questions, explain your options and defend you against whatever charges you or your loved one is facing.