Areas of Practice

Family Law

Domestic Violence

Criminal Law

Restraining Orders

A “Restraining Order” or “Order of Protection” is court-ordered protection that prohibits a person from acting in a way that threatens the safety or well-being of another. Commonly, they prevent an abuser from getting within a certain distance of another person, that person’s house, or workplace. They are typically referred to as a 209A, which refers to the chapter of the statute.

Often, these orders are best obtained through the district courts and probate and family courts.

A Restraining Order is civil in nature, however, if it is violated it becomes criminal, and may subject the abuser to criminal penalties.