Thank you for your reply, Rick.
First, we have to discuss whether or not this is harassment/threat/etc and enough for a restraining order, and then we shall talk about "puffing."Restraining Orders (Relief from Abuse)
In CT (and this would be CT, since she lives there), a restraining order is granted if the individual can show one or more of the following:
-a continuous threat of present physical pain or physical injury;
-a pattern of threatening. "Threatening" includes, but is not limited to, when the abuser:
uses a physical threat to intentionally place or attempt to place you in fear of immediate serious physical injury; or
threatens to commit any crime of violence with the intention of terrorizing you or with disregard to the fact that the threat can cause you to be terrorized.
C.G.S. § 46b-15; C.G.S. § 53a-62.
Now, whether or not his actions constitute the above is a subjective matter, and really depends on the Judge. The Court
may or may not agree. Often, the Courts like to err on the side of caution and grant it, but there is no guarantee.Puffing
However, a letter threatening to file this restraining order
may do the trick, and have him back off even if one does not know for sure that the restraining order will be granted. In other words, it is a "cease and desist" letter. Often, it is scary enough to have the party back off without risking litigation. Such a letter from an attorney carries the best results because a letter from counsel has more "gravitas." However, let me know if you want a sample of such a letter.
This is called "puffing" (the etymology is the same as "puffer fish") and attorneys do this all the time. It tends to work.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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