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Top Rated Restraining Order Defense Attorneys

Restraining orders can complicate a person’s life personally, financially, and legally. In Massachusetts, any blood relative, boyfriend, or girlfriend and/or roommate can apply for a 209A temporary 10-day restraining order ex parte — meaning, you could find yourself ordered out of your own home, without having an opportunity to contest the restraining order beforehand. In order to obtain a temporary restraining order, the applicant needs only to sign an affidavit at the local courthouse attesting to the fact that he or she believes to be in danger of serious, imminent bodily harm from you. Since a judge does not get to hear your side of the story, you may find yourself on the street questioning what exactly your rights are. After this disruption, however, you are entitled to a full hearing within ten days. This means that you should move quickly to retain an attorney.

Boston restraining order defense attorney David R. Yannetti and his associates represent individuals in restraining order proceedings and also defends clients who are charged with violating a restraining order.

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We are top rated restraining order lawyers serving Massachusetts, who will provide you with the best representation you can obtain anywhere. With offices in Boston, Salem, and Dedham, we are here to help you. Call us for a FREE phone consult.

Restraining Order FAQs:

What Happens Once A Restraining Order Is Filed Against Me?

Typically, if a judge grants a temporary restraining order, it will be in effect for 10 days. During that time, you will receive notice to vacate the premises if you share an apartment or house with the person who has filed a restraining order against you. Additionally, you will be required to avoid all contact with the person in question, which means avoiding phone calls, e-mails, letters and any physical contact with him or her. You also cannot have a third party contact that person on your behalf. You are best served by involving an attorney immediately, so that there is no misunderstanding or allegations that you somehow violated the temporary restraining order. You will then be notified to appear at a hearing to determine if a permanent restraining order is necessary.

What Happens If I Violate A Restraining Order?

If, for whatever reason, you violate a restraining order, you could be charged with a crime, held in custody, and/or be required to post bail. If you are found guilty of violating a restraining order, you could receive jail time, a fine, and a permanent criminal record.

If found guilty of a restraining order violation, you may have a permanent criminal record that could interfere with your ability to find employment, rent an apartment, or apply for loans. Additionally, if you are sentenced to time in jail, your employer may fire you. As an “at will” employee, you may have little, if any, recourse to save your job.

Domestic Violence FAQs

We Will Thoroughly Investigate Your Case

Attorney Yannetti and his colleagues may investigate the circumstances surrounding the issuance of a temporary restraining order. When necessary, he may hire private investigators to look into the background of the person requesting a restraining order, while also interviewing witnesses, gathering pertinent evidence, and exposing facts that can lead to false allegations of physical violence and requests for unnecessary restraining orders.

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Domestic abuse allegations are serious and require the defense of experienced legal counsel. Contact a lawyer online or call 617-297-9213 for a free phone consultation.


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In the most painful times in our lives–David, Greg and Lisa showed us their professional best–dignified, warm, gracious. David and his team will not let you down, you will be taken well care of and most importantly superbly and justly represented…
Barbara Lynch

Oh my goodness David is a miracle worker! Unbelievable results! David is so highly respected by attorneys and judges and prosecutors that he really makes an impact in court and presented our friend in the best possible light…

Jude Dasilva

Greg Johnson and David Yannetti are simply the best. After having two other attorneys on a case, I hired them and got results where others failed. They work hard for you and I highly recommend them!…

Vivian Trinh

If it was not for Mr. Yannetti I could have lost my career and opportunity to come back to USA again given that I am not a US citizen. Thank you Mr. Yannetti for all you did for me and my family. You and your office were truly there for me in my darkest hour…

Ajit Gupta

Greg Johnson is a charming attorney and seems to truly care about his client’s and the outcome of their case. If you ever need an experienced criminal defense Lawyer, Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm is the one to call!…


“I’ve got your back,” he told me early on. David did not disappoint. By showing up with David in the courtroom, I felt I’d made a clear statement of intent. The case was duly dropped…

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