I suspect that a protective order was taken out on me without my knowledge and filed falsely by an estranged family member. I have lived in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire - how do I search both court records? Thank you.
First, if the order was not served on you, it should not yet be effective. If there is an order, it is probably filed in the circuit court where the estranged family member lives. Go to the Court Clerk's office in that court and ask if there is an order (if you don't mind being served). You can also call the court number which can be found on the internet. The clerk's are usually very helpful. If you find a temporary order was issued, you can wait for the final hearing date (usually about 30 days), or, in NH, you can ask for an expedited hearing (3-5 days after court receives your request). In any case, while you can represent yourself, I suggest that you retain an attorney. I have done a bunch of these hearings. When the defendant does NOT represent him/herself, they do better. They don't always win, but I feel it is a closer call. Being a BS charge as you say, I wish you the very best.
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