209A Restraining Order Attorney
Lynnfield / Peabody 209A Restraining Order Lawyer
In Massachusetts, as in many other places, orders for protection from abuse are available to those who M.G.L c 209A Restraining Order Attorney
have reasonable fear of imminent serious physical harm. Known as 209A restraining orders, these prohibit contact between the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator.
At Chambers Law Office in Lynnfield Massachusetts, we provide legal assistance to those seeking restraining orders and to those needing defense. In addition, we provide representation for husbands or wives considering or pursuing divorce.
209A Restraining Orders Defense
If you have been served with a complaint for protection from abuse, you have been served with a 209A restraining order. They are synonymous, and both mean that your rights, privileges and freedom are restricted immediately. You will no longer be allowed direct contact with the person, or persons, named on the order and you may be forced to find lodging elsewhere for a specified period of time. Further, your name and the complaint will be recorded in the domestic violence recording system, and will be visible to judges and to law enforcement officials. Furthermore, you will lose your gun ownership rights and become vulnerable to further criminal prosecution.
A Complaint Stays on Your Record Indefinitely
Once an order has been served, a hearing date will be set — usually within 10 days. This hearing allows you, as the accused, to provide the other side of the story to the court. A judge may choose to vacate the order if sufficient evidence is not presented against you. Or, the court may choose to extend the restraining order for up to a year. Whether or not the complaint is found to have merit, the complaint will appear on your criminal record indefinitely. This can cost innocent people their rights, including Second Amendment gun rights, even if they were found to be victims of false allegations.
Take Immediate Action if You are Served
If you have been named in a 209A restraining order, it is important to speak with a defense attorney. At our firm, we will help you defend your reputation, protect your record and preserve your rights. If you have a Class A high-capacity license to carry or Class B FID pistol licensing card, we can assist you in regaining a revoked license or retaining your license to carry firearms. Contact us to discuss your situation with a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer and gun rights advocate.