There It Is
Adam stressed that Vee’s harassing behavior isn’t unusual for her, as “she already has an anti-harassment order put in place against her, approved by your Honor, your Honor.”
The judge’s eyes widened in shock at this revelation. Adam continued, reminding her of the multiple court summons Vee received and how she ignored each and every one of them. As he retold the story as he heard it from Marie, the judge began to grow angrier by the second. Once he was finished, she slowly turned to Vee with a cold voice,
“Is there an anti-harassment order in place against you?”
Vee looked pale and her voice was small and soft. “Yes, your Honor.”
“And why is it that you didn’t come to any of the hearings?”
Vee racked her brain for an excuse. “Because…because I didn’t want to be anywhere near that…” she trailed off as the judge silenced her with a wave of her hand. Everything had begun to turn around.
The Case Is Closed
Before that moment, it had seemed like the judge was in Vee’s favor and about the grant the “do not abuse”. Now, she turned back to Adam and stated, “I think she wants you to stay out of her apartment.”
“Not a problem, your Honor.”
“Restraining order terminated,” she banged the gavel, and they were dismissed.
As it was terminated, legally the RO never happened and therefore wouldn’t appear on Adam’s record. He got his license back and eventually won the custody battle, which was mostly due to RO’s termination, but also because of Vee’s increasingly abusive treatment of their daughter.
Moral of the story? They’re called “court summons,” not “court suggestions.”