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Restraining orders are commonly issued in Massachusetts domestic violence cases. These orders are meant to protect individuals abused by intimate partners or family or household members and to protect their children. These orders can be imposed against both men and women at all socioeconomic levels. They are sought by alleged victims seeking protections in both temporary and more permanent orders. These orders prohibit their abusers from further threats or violence as well as from making any kind of contact with the victim. Domestic violence is a very real problem for many individuals in society. However, these orders can be issued against alleged abusers based on false allegations that severely impact the accused’s life, parental rights, and more.
At the law firm of Attorney Andrew H. P. Norton, our attorney understands both sides of this issue. Attorney Norton represents those who have suffered physical and emotional abuse by seeking valid restraining orders that protect them going forward, He also represents individuals contesting these orders and alleged violations of these orders who have been falsely accused. Because he is also a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Norton has a comprehensive understanding of the domestic violence issue and the use of restraining orders in these cases.
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Massachusetts law provides three types of restraining orders in domestic violence matters:
- Emergency. This can be done with the help of police who can get an order issued by a judge over the phone if the court is closed or if the victim is injured or if it would be a severe hardship to get to court.
- Temporary. This is done by going to court where a judge will grant a temporary order without a hearing and without testimony from the alleged abuser. It will be in effect until a hearing can be scheduled within 10 days.
- More permanent (long-term). This is issued in a court hearing after the alleged abuser has been notified and where both parties can present their evidence to the judge. Where the judge rules in favor of the alleged victim, the restraining order can be issued for up to a year but can be extended permanently later.