Obtaining Injunctions Against a Sociopath

Courtroom Trial

About this course

You need to get someone out of your life. Whether this person is an ex-partner, family member, neighbor or even a stranger, he or she simply will not leave you alone.

Perhaps the person has assaulted you, or threatened to assault you — and you are fearful.

Your family and friends are telling you to get a court injunction, also called an order of protection or a restraining order. But you have questions. What exactly is it? How do you get one? Can it protect you?

In this course, Megan M. Lyons, an attorney who has extensive personal experience in dealing with personality-disordered opponents, answers your questions. She explains the legal process and requirements for obtaining a court injunction. She tells you who can help. Most importantly, she analyzes the pros and cons of court injunctions, so that you can determine if the legal process will help you, or if other strategies may serve you better.

After this one-hour program, you’ll have a clear idea of the benefits and limitations of court injunctions, and you’ll know how to apply for one. If you decide to pursue an injunction, Ms. Lyons tells you what you need to do to convince the court to grant it.


  • The basics of getting a court injunction
  • Cost vs. benefits of pursuing an injunction
  • Ways to protect yourself in addition to an injunction
  • What courts know — and don’t know — about personality disorders
  • Organizations that may be able to help you

About the instructor

Megan M. Lyons, Esq., is an attorney based in Florida, with offices in Orlando and Miami. In her practice she handles bankruptcy, family law, child support, post-conviction criminal matters and business litigation. Having had her own run-ins with personality disordered individuals, when her clients have opponents who exhibit the traits, Ms. Lyons recognizes and defuses their tactics and strategies.

Ms. Lyons recognizes the stress and despair that legal problems creates, especially when her clients are suffering from narcissistic abuse. She advocates holistic healing through meditation, yoga, art and other forms of creative expression, and believes that these techniques can empower clients in their court battles.

Ms. Lyons holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. Before opening her own office, she launched the bankruptcy and foreclosure defense practice at Borack and Associates, handling thousands of files. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can access it online as long and as often as you want.

Although this course does not award continuing education credits, you will be able to download a certificate of achievement upon completion.

Learning objectives

After this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the process for getting an injunction
  • Determine whether your situation meets the requirements for an injunction
  • Decide whether pursuing an injunction will help or hurt you
  • Know where and how to seek assistance
  • Plan how to present yourself and your case in court

Program Agenda

55 minutes instruction

Obtaining protective relief from the courts

  • Explaining injunctions
  • Legal procedures for injunctions
  • Are there costs?
  • Is evidence required?
  • Assistance from nonprofit organizations and shelters

Potential pitfalls of an injunction

  • Injunction vs. no injunction — a cost-benefit analysis
  • Injunctions and safety
  • How local domestic violence units can help
  • Issues when dealing with a sociopathic abuser

Strategies in addition to injunctions

Courts and Cluster B personality disorders

  • Courts are under educated
  • How to work around this lack of education

5 minutes questions and answers

Here’s a preview of this program:


Your involvement with someone has turned ugly. Should you get a restraining order, and if so, how do you do it? Here’s what you need to know about court injunctions.

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