Sorry for the delay. I was on a break. You asked:
Is it possible to have the order dropped?
A: If it's an order made after the final hearing, where you were entitled to appear and defend, then the only way to have the order dismissed/terminated is with the consent of the protected party. If it's a temporary order, and you haven't had a final hearing, then you can try to defend and maybe the court will dismiss the order. But, if you lose, then you're back to getting the protected party's consent -- or you can appeal if you do so within 30 days of the date that the order was entered. But, winning one of these cases on appeal is very difficult, because the orders are highly discretionary with the trial court -- so, the appellate court pretty much lets the trial court do as it wishes, unless the order is supported by no evidence whatsoever.
If it is dropped do I have grounds for a lawsuit as this could seriously damage my professional reputation. I am prepared to pay more than the set rate to obtain your opinion.
A: The term "dropped" suggests a criminal charge. You appear to be talking about a civil domestic violence order obtained by your ex in family/domestic relations court. If that's true, then the correct termed is "dismissed/terminated." Obtaining a dismissal means showing that the protected person has no grounds to fear you. And, as I've previously explained, if she can prove a pattern of contact, then the court will probably err on the side of caution, unless you can cross examine your ex on the witness stand and catch her in a lie, e.g., she admits to the contact, but not that it was threatening
in any way -- or something similar.
If you haven't had a final hearing, then you'll need a lawyer who is good at contentious witness interrogation -- otherwise, you'll just waste your money.
For a competent lawyer referral, see this link.
Hope this helps.
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