Under RI law, getting a restraining order against a spouse, former spouse, or a boyfriend / girlfriend is relatively easy. Typically, when a person is in fear for their immediate safety, they can request a restraining order by filling out an affidavit at the courthouse. The court will issue a temporary restraining order. The court will also determine if they will extend the order at a separate, second, hearing. At Moyer Law, PC, our restraining order lawyer represent clients who need help. Whether you are in need of a restraining order, ir if you suddenly find yourself with an order against you.

At the second hearing, parties can introduce evidence and eye-witness testimony. As a result, it is especially important to have a skilled restraining order lawyer present. We can defend your interests. We will protect your rights, and explain the options available to you.

Getting a Restraining Order

While a restraining order may not be one hundred percent effective in providing total protection, it notifies law enforcement and the court of your situation.

Should a party violate a restraining or protection order, the authorities can immediately arrest and detain the person threatening you. Additionally, violating a restraining order can result in criminal charges, jail, fines, a permanent criminal record. While a restraining order may not ultimately prevent violence, they have the advantage of involving law enforcement early on. This makes it more difficult for someone to harm you.

Facing a Restraining Order

It’s not unusual for an angry ex-spouse or boyfriend / girlfriend to use a restraining order to make someone’s life difficult. Since the courts issue the orders without prior notice, they can cause substantial disruption to your life. Also, its possible that you be unaware when the court issues an order against you. Once the order is in effect you, if someone alleges you have violated the restraining order the police could arrest you. As a result, a restraining order has the potential to turn into a serious criminal charge. And consequently, this creates further legal problems – especially when the case involves child custody or visitation.

Our RI restraining order attorneys take pre-emptive action, in cases where a restraining order is clearly being used to complicate our client’s life and leverage certain issues in a divorce or family law dispute.


If you are unsure what to do if you are under the threat of violence or are facing a restraining order, email Attorney Don P. Moyer or call at (401) 461-7800 today.

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