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Melissa M. Braatz

Melissa Braatz’s Answers

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  • In Rhode island if someone has a temporary restraining order does it hit Your record as a domestic charge?

    Melissa’s Answer

    A temporary restraining order, in and of itself, is simply that- an order temporarily restraining a person from someone else. The restraining order is not a domestic charge. Often times confused, when someone is charged with a domestic offense, a no-contact order will be entered for the protection of one party, That no-contact order could end up being a condition of a sentence on the domestic charge. In that case, the domestic charge itself would show up on one's record. But a temporary restraining order, standing alone, is not a domestic charge, therefore would not be on one's BCI. As the specifics of the order and where it stems from can be confusing, always consult with an attorney if you're unsure.

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  • What can I do to prevent going to jail?

    Melissa’s Answer

    I do not practice in your jurisdiction but I assume it carries a potential jail sentence. As previously mentioned, your sentence, if you plead or are found guilty, will depend on numerous factors including your record, the strength of the case etc. You should retain a lawyer to represent you in advance of your first court date.

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  • Can my brothers mom press charges on me for pushing her

    Melissa’s Answer

    Yes, the push could be charged as an assault. Depending on your state's laws and your relationship with the complainant, it could potentially be charged as a domestic crime, carrying additional penalties. You should consult with a lawyer.

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