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Representing Those Facing A Temporary Restraining Order

New Jersey law enforcement tends to err on the side of protecting alleged victims of domestic violence, which is why a person accused of domestic assault, domestic abuse, harassment, stalking, or some other form of domestic violence is likely to be subject to a temporary restraining order (TRO). Although it is relatively easy for an alleged victim to obtain a TRO, there are still strategies that an experienced criminal defense lawyer can use to help you fight the issuance of a final restraining order (FRO).

It is unfortunate, but common, to suffer embarrassment and adverse legal consequences of getting a restraining order issued against you. I work tirelessly to see that a TRO is not issued against you whenever possible. I am experienced criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen, and I am dedicated to building a strong defense for your restraining order hearing. I also represent clients in the criminal proceedings regarding any domestic violence charges that precipitated the restraining order.

I will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you stay out of jail and avoid a restraining order. The issuance of a final restraining order can have devastating consequences in your everyday life and in seeking and keeping employment. It is important to consult me early to achieve the best result in your case.

Temporary Restraining Orders In Domestic Violence Cases

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act provides victims of domestic violence with the opportunity to seek a protective order to prevent their alleged abuser from making contact with them. When there is an allegation of certain violent acts – called “predicate acts of domestic violence” – then the victim may be able to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the alleged offender.

New Jersey lawmakers recognized that some victims of domestic violence are not always able to take the steps needed to protect themselves. That’s why the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act gives police officers the option to file a restraining order even when the alleged victim does not wish to get a restraining order. When this happens, a TRO will likely be put in place to prevent the alleged abuser from making contact with the victim.

Once a TRO is in place, you will have to appear at a final restraining order (FRO) hearing within 10 days. At that hearing, a judge in the Superior Court, Family Division, will determine whether a permanent restraining order should be put in place against you. A vigorous defense is essential to avoid the consequences of a final restraining order. My experience in negotiation is an asset when we are working to avoid the issuance of a FRO.

Let’s Talk About Your Restraining Order

I am committed to thoroughly preparing you and your case, so we are ready for your TRO or FRO hearing. To schedule a free consultation, call my Haddonfield office at 856-754-5501 or contact me online. I handle cases throughout Camden County, Gloucester County and Atlantic County, New Jersey.