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Restraining Orders

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Protective orders are a complicated part of family law. They are issued with the intent to protect people who are being threatened in some manner by a second party. A restraining order is, in essence, an injunction forbidding a person from getting close to another person or a place for specific reasons. With certain types of restraining orders, if the order is violated, the guilty party may be arrested and charged with a crime.

Restraining orders in Dover and Portsmouth may be obtained in many cases as a result of family or neighbor disputes, or domestic violence. Restraining orders may also be obtained in cases involving stalking, following a divorce or other cases in which one person poses a threat to another.

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    Requirements for obtaining a restraining order include a lower burden of proof than proving guilt in a criminal trial, but a restraining order can still have a significant impact on someone's life, especially in a divorce or custody proceeding. So if you're seeking a restraining order or trying to fight against one, it's important to have help from an experienced Dover and Portsmouth family law attorney on your side.

    Attorneys Christine Rockefeller and Sarah Lavoie of Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. have represented countless clients in restraining order cases in Dover, Portsmouth and throughout the state. Contact us, and see how we could put our legal expertise to work for you.

    How do I get a restraining order in New Hampshire?

    Any aggressive, threatening or obsessive behavior can easily make someone feel threatened. If you feel that you are in need of a restraining order, you can petition the court for one with the help of an experienced attorney from Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. We can help convince the court there is an imminent threat against you and a restraining order is the appropriate course of action.

    In many cases throughout New Hampshire, restraining orders may be granted on an emergency basis, allowing you to quickly obtain one and the protection you need. Restraining order may also be classified as temporary. Permanent need may also be established depending on the circumstances. Typically, an emergency restraining order is granted with temporary status until full facts of the case can be determined.

    Fighting against a restraining order in Dover or Portsmouth

    Obtaining a restraining order is an important tool for protection, but the legal process can also be abused, especially since the case often comes down to the alleged victim's word against the alleged wrongdoer's word. Sometimes, people who are angry or want revenge will make false accusations and obtain a restraining order. If this happens to you, it could prevent you from seeing your children, and could have a significant adverse impact on your life, freedom and reputation.

    We know how to fight back

    Our attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. can defend you if you believe a restraining order was improperly issued against you. We'll work diligently to ensure that you can refute the accusations against you or cast doubt on the veracity of the claims so you can clear your good name.

    Learn more about the services we can provide in restraining order cases by calling us at 603-742-2332, or utilizing our contact form for a case evaluation.

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