November 20, 2019

The Holidays are Here: Keep Your Kids Safe and Smart on the Roads

Thanksgiving is almost here and with it come celebrations and gatherings as we kick off the holiday season. For adult children coming home for the holiday it can be a hectic time trying to fit in time all the friends they want to see, catch the Thanksgiving alma mater football game, and still make time for family events. If your young adults are away at college and don’t have a car, they may not have driven in a while and if they are out celebrating with friends, they may have a couple of beers while they are out. All this sounds like the making of a holiday nightmare; but you can prevent it.

The first step, of course, is to remind your young adults about the important need for a designated driver. These 21st century kids know that drinking and driving is wrong and typically behave responsibly. but a strong reminder is never a bad idea. The second step is to teach them what to do and what not to do if they are stopped and have been drinking. Read about the Top Three Common Mistakes People Make in OUI Cases and share it with your young adults. You love your kids and keeping them safe is still in your job description. Make sure they know what to do before they find themselves in trouble.

If you or a family member or friend do get stopped for an OUI over the holidays – or anytime – call or text us. Contant Law – (617) 227-8383.

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November 13, 2019

Protection Orders Can Ease Your Mind

Protection Orders can offer peace of mind when you are struggling with a harassing or abusive situation. In Massachusetts, there are two different types of Protection Orders depending on the situation. Listen to our recent podcast on the topic to learn more.

In a situation involving harassment and domestic violence Domestic Restraining Orders are the most common type of protection order. There are restrictions on these orders. They are limited to people who are:

  • who are or were married to each other,
  • who are or were living together,
  • who are or were related by blood or marriage,
  • who have a child together, or
  • who are in a “substantive dating relationship.”

If the situation does not involve any of these relationships, then a Harassment Prevention Order is the other type of protection order. This type of order is typical in situations involving neighbor disputes. It can also be used in some domestic situations as an alternative to a Domestic Restraining Order. In one of our recent cases we did just this. Read about that case here.

Many people have questioned the usefulness of protection orders, but various studies of outcomes following a protection order being issued indicate that in 50-85% of cases the protection order is effective in keeping the harasser or abuser away from the victim. A protection order can give peace of mind to a victim; in addition, in some cases the order creates a cooling down period and diffuses the difficult situation.

If you are in a situation that requires a Domestic Restraining Order or a Harassment Prevention Order help is available. Call or text us for advice or to help you obtain an order from a judge. Contant Law 617-227-8383.

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