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Restraining Orders / Temporary Restraining Orders

Harassed Client Gets Justice and Attorney Fees

I am a 51-year-old woman with no criminal record who has her own business. I began getting harassed in December of 2022 by an anonymous person who started by leaving harassing notes on my vehicle parked outside my house and then sent anonymous letters with harassing messages to people I know to include the landlord for my business. All of this was done with the intent to harass me and hurt my business.

While the culprit did not use her name, I soon deduced it was an acquaintance of mine who I knew casually.  I initially tried to get the person to stop by just calling them on the phone, but 10 months later the harassment continued. The person succeeded in terrifying me and making me constantly uncomfortable as was their goal.

Finally, I could not take it anymore and I hired Attorney Will Bruzzo to represent me by bringing a Civil Harassment Restraining Order on my behalf. Mr. Bruzzo explained to me that a Civil Harassment Restraining Order is a two-part process: The first part involves getting a Temporary Restraining Order and the second part involves getting a permanent Order.  I provided Mr. Bruzzo with the harassing notes and letters and he successfully sought and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order about 24 hours after I hired him. No hearing is required for that portion of the matter, the Judge decides the matter in chambers.  This prevented the person from having any contact with me in any fashion from that point forward.

A few weeks later was the hearing for the final Order. During that hearing I testified as did the person we had accused of being responsible for the harassment. Direct and circumstantial evidence of the harassment was considered, which linked the person to the offending notes and letter. Sworn testimony from both parties was also considered.  Mr. Bruzzo proved very adept at his job by confronting the person with the evidence and using their own testimony to prove their being responsible.

In the end, the Judge GRANTED my request for a permanent order barring the person from having any contact with me in person, by electronic means or through third persons.  Mr. Bruzzo also requested that the other party pay for my attorney fees, which was Granted IN FULL by the Judge.

I am very pleased with Mr. Bruzzo’s representation and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any Restraining Order matter.

Dated: 12/07/2023                                                                                                      CR

I hired Will Bruzzo to represent me and my family in a Civil Harassment Restraining Order against a neighbor who we believed was stalking our teenage daughters and prowling around our house at night. We had no direct evidence that it was the neighbor but one of my daughters endured 2 years of hearing things outside her bedroom window and on one occasion saw the silhouette of a man in our backyard only feet from her window. Then, after about two years of my daughter hearing a prowler, a neighbor got arrested for peeking and prowling at a house less than a mile away. He was actually caught on surveillance video at the other residence. While the evidence linking the neighbor to my home was only circumstantial, we knew it was him. We hired Attorney Will Bruzzo to represent us. Our neighbor was also represented by a lawyer. Mr. Bruzzo proved to be a skilled trial attorney as he introduced witness testimony, surveillance video and photos as well as my testimony to prove that it was our neighbor who had stalked and prowled at my home. We made about 7 appearances in Court to accommodate the Court and Counsel’s schedule. Mr. Bruzzo informed us it was unusual for a case to take that long. Despite the circumstantial evidence the Court GRANTED our request and my neighbor is now RESTRAINED from having any contact with me or my family for THREE YEARS and must stay a proscribed distance from all of us. He will face criminal penalties if he violates the Court Order. Mr. Bruzzo fought hard for my family and we are grateful for his efforts. I would therefore enthusiastically recommend him for any Restraining Order case.


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