Category Archives: Domestic Violence Crimes

Stalking – The Legal Definition

Stalking.  What is it really? To be convicted of the crime of stalking, there is actually a lot that the Commonwealth has to prove.  Stalking is defined as: a person willfully (on purpose) and maliciously (meanly or spitefully or with a desire to cause injury or fear) engages in a pattern of conduct or series…

Criminal Harassment

What is criminal harassment? It isn’t just when someone annoys you once, and goes on their way.  It is actually the following: someone engages (either willfully or maliciously) in a knowing pattern of conduct, or series of acts of a period of time directed at a specific person. the person who has the acts directed…

Who Can Get a Restraining Order (209A) Against Me?

Restraining orders came about as a response to Domestic Violence.  Generally they are a court order to stay away from and not abuse the person who gets the Restraining Order. When can someone apply for and possibly get a Restraining Order? Massachusetts law allows someone who is “in imminent fear of bodily harm” to obtain…

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