Restraining Orders & Harassment Orders: Should You Hire an Attorney?

Have you received notice that someone is seeking a Restraining Order or Harassment Order against you? Do you feel like there is no basis for such an order and that the person seeking the order is trying to use it as a weapon against you? If so, then it is important that you take the matter extremely seriously and that you hire a Salem criminal defense attorney who will will aggressively fight for you and your rights.

Although these orders may be perfectly appropriate in some instances, the simple fact of the matter is that more and more people are using these orders as weapons. For example, when a married couple is going through a divorce, the soon to be ex-wife might try to get a Restraining Order against her husband in order to help her get the upper hand in the divorce or child custody proceedings. Or, when two neighbors are involved in a dispute, one may try to get a Harassment Order against the other as a way of gaining the upper hand. These are just two examples of the many instances where people abuse the court system to get revenge or gain an edge by getting one of these orders.

Unfortunately, the simple fact is that most people who are faced with the issuance of such an order do not take it seriously enough. They go into court without an attorney and try to handle things on their own. When that happens, in almost every instance, the judge will grant the order. And, once the judge grants the order, you will be faced with severe limitations on what you can do and say as you try to move forward with your life. And, once the order is issued, it can be used against you to get you arrested and charged with a serious crime. For example, once the order is issued, all your angry ex-wife or neighbor has to do is call the police and claim that you violated the order. Once that happens, you will be subject to arrest and charged with a crime that carries a substantial jail sentence. Even if you did nothing wrong, your name will be dragged through the mud and you will have to deal with the expense and extreme inconvenience of dealing with the criminal justice system.

The good news is that having a good attorney can make all the difference. Having someone by your side, fighting for you at the Restraining Order or Harassment Order hearing can significantly increase your chances of success. In many such cases, the judge will decide not to issue the order once he or she has heard from your attorney. Because of this, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as you receive notice that someone is seeking an order against you.

With my extensive criminal defense experience and my background as both a former police officer and a former prosecutor, I believe that I am uniquely qualified to help you obtain the best possible result on your case and to provide you with all of the information that you need in order to make good decisions on how to handle your case. Contact Salem criminal defense lawyer Kevin Prendergast today for help with your charges.