Fighting Restraining Order Violation Charges
If you have been charged with violating a restraining order, you are facing significant penalties. The charge means that the person who originally took out the order has alleged that you disobeyed the terms of the order by coming near or engaging in other behavior prohibited by the order. If convicted, you could face a significant fine, several years in jail and a lifetime criminal record.
A Defense Lawyer With Investigative Experience
At the Worcester law office of Anthony M. Salerno, P.C., our attorney defends clients who have been charged with restraining order violations in domestic violence situations. A criminal defense lawyer with 25 years of trial experience, Anthony Salerno is also a former Massachusetts state trooper with knowledge of investigations. This combination of legal and law enforcement experience gives our clients a significant advantage when fighting allegations of restraining order violations.
Restraining Orders Can Be A Double-Edged Sword
People refer to restraining orders by many names: 209A orders, protection orders and abuse prevention orders. Whatever they are called, their intent is to protect someone who fears that they are vulnerable to abuse or violence in a personal relationship. Unfortunately, in their zeal to protect people from abusive relationships, police officers and court officials often act first and reconsider later. The same is true for charges of violating these orders.
Disproving The Charges
The bottom line is that people against whom restraining orders have been issued can violate them unwittingly, not knowing what constitutes a violation. In addition, it is easy to be a victim of false charges; the person may allege that you telephoned and hung up, or drove by the house or harassed them in a public place where you have every right to be. This is when it’s important to have the right lawyer who knows how to investigate. Our attorney can subpoena telephone records, document that you go to a particular restaurant frequently or determine that driving by the house is your normal route to work.