Victories: Protection Order Cases

Representation of Respondent – Woman Sanctioned for Using Legal System to Harass Man

RESULT  |  Prevailed and No Order granted

Later, when the same woman brought a protection order petition for the protection of one of the children against the man, counsel persuaded the Court that the woman was using the court system to further harass the man. The woman’s petition was dismissed and the court assessed additional costs against the woman.

Representation of Petitioner – Woman Falsely Claiming to be a Victim

RESULT  |  Prevailed and Order granted

A woman was stalking and harassing her ex-husband and those around him and claiming that she was actually the victim. There was a long history between the two and stacks of emails, text messages and other proof of the woman’s longstanding harassing behavior. Counsel for the man persuaded the court that the woman was the person doing the stalking and harassing and obtained an order for the protection of the man. The Court denied the woman’s request for mutual orders and assessed costs against her.

Representation of Respondent – Order Not Needed in Family Dispute

RESULT  |  Prevailed and No Order granted

A man sought a protection order against a woman. The woman was in the middle of a contentious divorce with the man’s father and argued to the Court that the motivation for seeking the order was retaliation against the woman. The Court was persuaded that no order was needed to protect the man from the woman and no protection order was issued against the woman.

Anti-Harassment Order Obtained Against Prior Acquaintance Engaged in Stalking

RESULT  |   2 Year Anti-Harassment Order obtained to protect victim

A young woman in high school was being stalked by a prior acquaintance who was an older man. He was showing up at the park near her house and her school. The young woman was afraid of the older man because he seemed to have mental health problems and was saying irrational things to school officials. The young woman and her parents wished to obtain a protection order against the older man so that the police could arrest him if he continued to stalk her. Not only did the court grant a protection order, but it issued a two-year order after being convinced that the standard one-year order would not offer sufficient protection for the young woman.

Domestic Violence Assault 4th Degree Investigation and Protection Order Case — Woman Blamed Self-Inflicted Injuries on Her Boyfriend

RESULT  |  No protection order granted and no charges filed

A man was in a relationship with a woman who drank alcohol even though she was on a medication that was not supposed to be mixed with alcohol. On the night of the incident, the woman had been drinking and mixing her medication with alcohol. She provoked an argument with the man, who locked himself in a space apart from the woman. The woman banged on the door, screaming and threw glass at the door. At the end of the incident, the woman was bleeding and bruised and reported that the man had caused the injuries to her. This prompted a criminal investigation of the man. The woman also petitioned for a protection order against the man. After interviewing witnesses who were at the scene, documenting the damage to the scene and other important facts, the prosecutor’s office declined to file charges against the man and the woman’s petition for a protection order was denied.

Domestic  Violence Protection Order (for Petitioner)

RESULT  |  10-Year Protection Order with anti-defamation and other provisions granted and criminal charges filed against Respondent

A woman broke up with her boyfriend and asked him to move out after he recorded her without her permission.  The ex-boyfriend then began stalking the woman through various means and attempting to harm her business relationships.  The ex-boyfriend manufactured evidence and threatened to report to the police that the woman had lied under oath about his having recorded her without permission.  This threat was used to bully the woman into not pursuing the protection order she needed.  After petitioning for a protection order and presenting evidence of the stalking and showing that the ex-boyfriend had manufactured false evidence to try to bully the woman out of pursuing the order she needed, the court granted a 10-year protection order with several non-standard conditions to protect the woman.  The prosecutor’s office was then convinced to file criminal charges against the ex-boyfriend.