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Assistance In Issues Involving Final Restraining Orders

Domestic violence accusations can cause serious problems in your life. If a New Jersey court imposes a final restraining order (FRO) against you, your movements and your freedom could be restricted going forward because you will be legally barred from making contact with the person who filed for the restraining order. When an FRO is imposed, you will also be fingerprinted and your personal information will be put in a database for domestic violence offenders.

Situations involving any type of restraining order are extremely difficult and stressful. It is important that your rights are protected by an attorney who understands the process and the impact an FRO will have on your life. Turn to me, criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen, for help. I have decades of experience in criminal defense matters and am committed to protecting your rights and future. I understand the impact an FRO can have on your life.

There adverse implications for your housing situation, your employment opportunities, your immigration status, your marital rights and your child custody rights. Beyond that, you could find yourself behind bars if you ever violate the FRO because New Jersey prosecutors take contempt charges very seriously and will often seek maximum penalties when a defendant violates the terms of a restraining order. Do not jeopardize your future. If you are scheduled to appear at an FRO hearing in Camden County, Gloucester County, Atlantic County or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need to get in touch with me so we can get started on your case.

The Process For FRO Hearings In New Jersey

The restraining order process in New Jersey begins with the alleged victim obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO). Once a TRO is in place, a final restraining order (FRO) hearing will be scheduled within 10 days at the Superior Court, Family Division in the county in which either you reside or the alleged victim resides. This is the hearing at which a judge will determine whether a permanent restraining order should be put in effect. You will be required to show up for the FRO hearing, and you will want qualified legal representation on your side.

Since you are only going to have a few days to prepare for the FRO hearing, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney immediately. There are several complicated legal issues and case facts that will need to be examined in advance of your FRO hearing. For instance, the alleged victim will have to prove that an act of domestic violence occurred in order to obtain an FRO against you. Under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, there are a total of 18 predicate acts of domestic violence that qualify for protection: homicide, assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, stalking, criminal coercion, robbery, contempt of a domestic violence order, and any crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury. If there was no predicate act of domestic violence, then the judge in your case should not issue a final restraining order.

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Take immediate action if you are facing any type of domestic violence or restraining order situation. Contact my office online now or call me at 856-754-5501 to schedule your free initial consultation. I work to build defenses final restraining orders in Camden, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Washington Township, Glassboro, or elsewhere in South Jersey.