Avoiding service is not a safe way to deal with a lawsuit against you. Often there are alternate ways to serve someone and you would never know about it. You need to actually go see an attorney and deal with it. You may be able to find out what was filed in Boston before getting served and that would give you a better idea of how to approach the situation.
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Yes. You can be served even if you don't open the door.
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You should not evade service. You have an opportunity to tell your side of the story if and when there is a hearing on the matter. However, if you consistently evade service, you will not know exactly what you are accused of, what the allegations are and when a hearing will be held. Restraining orders (also known as or referred to injunctions) are civil matters. You should consider retaining the services of an attorney in Boston (if that is where the injunction was filed). This is especially true if you have a concealed weapons permit, because it may adversely affect your right to continue to carry a concealed weapon until (and possibly after) the hearing on this matter.
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