Trusted Legal Counsel Regarding Restraining Orders

While the process of obtaining a restraining order is civil in nature, a violation of a restraining order is a criminal offense that carries up to 2½ years of jail time, a fine up to $5,000, or both. The lawyers at Manzi, Seccareccio & Merwin, P.C., in Lowell, Massachusetts, are ready to help you obtain a 209A or 258E restraining order, or to defend against a restraining order case someone has brought against you.

The Purpose Of Domestic Restraining Orders

A domestic relations restraining order (209A) is intended to protect a person from abuse from a spouse, former spouse, family member, boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancée, fiancé, or household member. Restraining orders are an effective means of providing protection, but they also are misused by individuals seeking revenge on a domestic partner. That is why we assist both individuals who seek a restraining order and those who are defending against one.

Obtaining Harassment Prevention Orders

A harassment prevention order (258E) is intended to protect a person from harassment from another person, whether or not the parties are in a family, dating or household relationship. In order to obtain a harassment prevention order, the plaintiff must prove he/she is: (i) the victim of three or more instances of harassment, OR (ii) the victim of a sexual assault or the victim of stalking.

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Our legal team has nearly 40 years of cumulative legal experience. To arrange for an initial consultation, please contact our Lowell office at 978-703-8517 or our Woburn office at 781-304-8864, or use our online contact form to provide us more information.

We represent clients in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Westford, Concord, Carlisle, Bedford and Nashua, N.H., from our offices in Woburn and Lowell.