My fiancee's ex wife has been terrorising me for 4 years.
I had a previous restraining order against her, which she violated, and was charged with.
She now started back up harassing me over social media, as well as by having her boyfriend call me and leave VERY threatening messages, including how they were going to come smash my face and house up with a baseball bat.
In order to further harass me, she has now pulled a harassment order (258E) on me.
She knows I live 2 hours away and have a toddler, and that it's not likely that I'd be able to get to the initial hearing.
Do I have any other course of action, other than showing up 2 hours away in a courtroom to defend myself? I have never contacted her. Ever. Also, I have very cut and dry evidence that shows it is her in fact, doing the harassing.
I do not want to travel over 2 hours away with a toddler, in order to go prove how insane this woman is. Can I send a lawyer on my behalf?
No, you must be present yourself and it would be prudent to be represented by an attorney. Alternatively, you can retain counsel and ask the Court re-schedule the hearing on a date when you are available. Based on what you say, you may be able to apply for, and obtain, Abuse Prevention Orders on both of them (209A orders).
The above is NOT legal advice, and is NOT intended to be legal advice. No Attorney-Client relationship is created through the above answer.
Unfortunately you need to appear to oppose the order. As far as recourse, you can go to your local court and return the favor.
You do have some civil recourse AFTER the hearing, if you win, such as abuse of process.
However, your description of her/they're actions sounds like grounds for criminal charges, or at the very least, another restraining order.
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