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As the name suggests, to “cease and desist” basically means to stop doing something. Courts often issue cease and desist orders to officially halt illegal activities. However, a cease and desist letter can be sent by anyone with a legal right to request someone else to stop doing something they shouldn’t be doing. It’s a good idea to have an attorney draft a cease and desist letter, though, because it can lead to legal action if the recipient doesn’t respond to the request. The failure to abide by a valid cease and desist request, or a court order, can result in very serious legal consequences, including civil and possible criminal liability. To learn more about cease and desist letters and court orders, contact an attorney in your area today.