Violation of Restraining Order Defense Lawyer
Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, are often associated with domestic violence situations. Protective orders often do more than restrict the physical contact a person has with the alleged victim. Protective orders can limit the contact a person can have with the alleged victim by phone or email and can limit how close a person can get to the alleged victim’s house or car. Protective orders can be difficult to understand; it can also be difficult to adhere to the terms of a protective order. If a restraining order has been issued against you, it is essential that you understand the terms of the restraining order and for how long the restraining order has been issued so that you do not unintentionally violate it.
You can be charged with violating a restraining order if you violate any part of the order. If you have a restraining order against you, it’s best if you do not have any contact with the alleged victim. You can be found to have violated the order, even if you did not initiate contact. If the victim invites you to his or her house and you visit, you can be found to have violated the protection order. If you live near the alleged victim, you can be found to be in violation of the order if you are found within the prohibited vicinity of the alleged victim’s house. Those situations are extreme; however, that kind of situation is indicative of how easy it is to violate a restraining order. Violation of a restraining order can result in jail time of up to 2 ½ years and thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, because restraining orders often accompany other charges, a violation of a restraining order can have a negative impact on any related charges you are facing.
In addition to the penalties a court may impose, a charge of violating a restraining order can have negative effects on multiple areas of your life. It can cause problems with your ability to secure employment, your ability to successfully negotiate custody arrangements, or your immigration status.
If you have a restraining order issued against you, or if you have been accused of violating a restraining order, you need an experienced Massachusetts restraining order attorney on your side. It is possible to fight a charge of violating a restraining order, and Attorney Cappetta has a successfully helped numerous clients avoid the sever consequences often associated with these charges. Attorney Cappetta is experienced in the law regarding restraining order violations. Attorney Cappetta worked in the Middlesex District Attorney’s office for years; because of this experience, he is familiar with the practices of the police and prosecutors in Middlesex County and can advise you about how they will likely act in your case. Contact Attorney Cappetta today if you are facing a charge of violation of a restraining order.