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The criminal trespass statute is Massachusetts General Laws ch. 266 § 120. Under the law, as a resident with lawful control of the premises, you need to notify the person you wish to prohibit from entering. Oral notice may be allowed, but it is probably safer to provide notice in writing (letter of disinvitation). Once notice is given, this law applies. The police can arrest the prohibited person without the issuance of a warrant. The penalties upon conviction are: 1) up to $100.00; 2) up to 30 days in jail; or 3) both. This law also covers the situation when someone is asked to leave the property, and the person refuses.
One caveat is that this law does not apply to tenants or occupants of residential premises who, having rightfully entered the premises at the commencement of the tenancy or occupancy, remain therein after such tenancy or occupancy has been or is alleged to have been terminated. You may recover possession only through appropriate civil eviction proceedings. Given the circumstances, I do not believe you are subject to this caveat.
An alternative is to file a 209A restraining order, but only if you or your child are in imminent danger of bodily harm by your ex-boyfriend. Good luck!
Gary S. Sinclair is an attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts. All answers are based on Massachusetts law or a simple reading of the law in your jurisdiction. All answers are for educational purposes and no attorney-client relationship is formed by providing an answer to your question. The information provided should NOT be relied upon for making legal decisions. You will be best served by hiring an attorney in your area who specializes in the field of law pertinent to your question.
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