We have a magistrate's hearing in Massachusetts on July 20th to determine probable cause on a variety of charges against our neighbors including criminal harassment, trespass, assault, indecent exposure, assault with a dangerous weapon (SUV) and child endangerment. These charges were filed on June 7th, and a single charge of criminal harassment was filed against me on June 16th in apparent retaliation.
We've lived in our home for one year, and have been brutally harassed by the people next door for the past nine months. This started because several people including myself called DSS on these people for neglect of their four young children.
We've put up fences, installed video and alarm systems, hired an attorney,
gotten counseling for our four year old son because of all the hostility, gotten medication from our physician so we can sleep at night and not react to the neighbors who constantly attempt to illicit a violent response from us.
We have several videos, certified letters, photographs, police reports and a few witnesses to present as evidence at the hearing. My concern is that the neighbors have been escalating their attacks on us to the point that someone could really get hurt. Does anyone know how to get a court order in Massachusetts to civilly restrain these people from coming near us?
Our attorney said we have to go to superior court and ask for some sort of injunction. We have an appt with him on Monday. Just wondering if any of you know how this works, and how hard this type of order is to get in Massachusetts. Thanks.