Atlantic County Restraining Order Lawyers
Final Restraining Order Attorneys in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Served with a temporary restraining order in Atlantic County NJ? Was a final restraining order issued against you by a judge in Atlantic City? You’ve come to the right place. Temporary restraining orders (TRO) are often the result of domestic abuse incidents and allegations of assault, sex crimes, and other predicate acts of domestic violence. And there are many more offenses considered domestic violence that you may not be aware of. For instance, burglary is actually considered grounds for a permanent restraining order in Atlantic County and throughout New Jersey if committed in cases involving current or previous dating partners, spouses, those who have a child together or are expecting a child, household members, and others who meet the criteria for domestic violence relationships. When these cases arise, the legal proceedings that happen next can catch everyone involved by surprise. A restraining order hearing, criminal court, and a detention hearing for domestic violence, are just some of the repercussions of a domestic violence case. When you or a loved one is involved, seeking help from an experienced domestic violence and restraining order lawyer is highly advisable.
If you have been accused of domestic violence and served with a temporary restraining order in Atlantic County, the experienced domestic violence attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are ready to help defend you. On the other hand, if you are a victim of domestic abuse and you are seeking to be protected by a restraining order, the restraining order attorneys at the Tormey Law firm are ready to help protect you as well. Regardless of whether you are the victim of domestic violence or you are alleged to have perpetrated a predicate act of domestic violence, your case will be heard in the County Superior Court that has jurisdiction over the case, that is either in the county in which the parties reside or the county in which the alleged acts of domestic violence occurred. Click here to learn more about when a particular court will have jurisdiction over a restraining order case. No matter your domestic violence situation, the restraining order attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are ready to help you with your domestic violence case in Atlantic County including in Atlantic City, Absecon, Egg Harbor, Galloway, and Hamilton. Contact our offices now for immediate assistance at (908)-336-5008, the initial consultation is always provided free of charge.
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ATLANTIC COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
Domestic violence cases and hearings for restraining orders in Atlantic County will be heard at the Atlantic County Superior Court, located at the Civil Courts Building: 1201 Bacharach Blvd, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be contacted at 609-345-6700. Click here for more information regarding the Atlantic County Superior Court, Family Division. For directions to the Atlantic County Superior Court, click here.
How to File a Motion to Remove a Restraining Order in Atlantic County Court
If you have an old restraining order that was issued against you in Atlantic County NJ, these restraining orders are permanent and never expire. However, you may be eligible to file a motion to have the restraining order lifted and dismissed. You have to convince the Judge that there has been a significant change in circumstances such that the original restraining order is no longer necessary and should be removed. A copy of this motion must be served on the plaintiff who has an opportunity to object in writing and appear in court at the hearing. The Judge will consider the motion papers, the arguments of the defendant, and the plaintiff’s position when determining whether or not to grant the motion. If the motion is denied, the restraining order remains in place with all of the protections for the plaintiff. If the motion is granted, the restraining order is vacated and dismissed and all of the restrictions associated with the restraining order are removed.
How to Appeal the Issuance of a Final Restraining Order in Atlantic County NJ
If a final restraining order (FRO) was issued against you, you have 45 days to appeal this decision to the Appellate Division in Trenton NJ. The appeal must detail the challenges you are making to the Judge’s decision and the findings of fact and the findings of law.
ATLANTIC COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT
Any restraining order cases in Atlantic County Superior Court will be heard by a Judge who sits in the Family Part of the Chancery Division of the Atlantic County Superior Court. The Presiding Judge of the Atlantic County Family Part is the Honorable Nancy L. Ridgway, P.J.Fp. whose chambers can be contacted at 609-463-6542. The Atlantic County Family Part also has a Domestic Violence Unit with court staff dedicated to domestic violence and restraining order cases. The Domestic Violence Manager is Tracy Adamczyk, who can be contacted at (609) 594-3926.
ATLANTIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is also available for assistance with domestic violence cases and may prosecute criminal charges against those accused of perpetrating crimes related to domestic violence or criminal contempt charges against anyone accused of violating the terms of a temporary or final restraining order in Atlantic County. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is located at 4997 Unami Blvd, Suite 2, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 and can be contacted at 609-909-7800. For more information on the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit, click here.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES AND SERVICES IN ATLANTIC COUNTY
If you’re the victim of domestic violence in Atlantic County, don’t hesitate to call the confidential National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233), which are available on a 24/7 basis for domestic violence victims and others seeking crisis intervention and/or referrals to local services. And click on the following link for the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence to learn about what services and resources are available in Atlantic County.
The Atlantic County Women’s Center, Violence Intervention Program, provides helpful services to the victims of domestic violence in Atlantic County including emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy services. The Atlantic County Women’s Center is located 1201 New Road, #240, Linwood, NJ 08221 and can be contacted at 609-601-9925. The program also has a 24/7 domestic violence hotline at 800-286-4184. To learn more about the Atlantic County Women’s Center, click here: http://www.acwc.org/. In addition to services for victims of domestic violence, the Violence Intervention Program also offers Fathers Ending Abuse Counseling, which is a batterer’s intervention program in Atlantic County that can be contacted at 609-601-9925 ext. 211. Additional domestic violence services such as anger management, counseling and family services may be found through the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Click here for a list of available domestic violence services in Atlantic County.
In addition to the locally available domestic violence services in Atlantic County, there are also statewide and national services available for the victims of domestic violence. In New Jersey, the Department of Children and Families’ Division on Women, Office of Domestic Violence Services funds twenty-three domestic violence programs and the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. Click on the following links to learn more about New Jersey’s Office of Domestic Violence Services, the Coalition for Battered Women, or the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
LEGAL SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ATLANTIC COUNTY
Victims of domestic violence in Atlantic County may be able to obtain assistance with legal issues related to restraining orders by contacting Atlantic County Office of South Jersey Legal Services, located at 1300 Atlantic Avenue, Mezzanine Floor, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, phone: (609) 348-4200
How Common is Domestic Violence in Atlantic County, New Jersey?
New Jersey sees an astounding number of domestic violence arrests, criminal charges, and restraining orders each and every year. Among the counties with numerous domestic violence incidents, Atlantic County ranks high on a consistent basis. In fact, the New Jersey State Police compiles a list of domestic violence offenses and arrests in each county and reports this information every year to better inform the public and interested parties. According to the latest data from them, there were 1,234 arrests for domestic violence related assault in a single year in Atlantic County. Within this number, there are people arrested for simple assault, a disorderly persons offense handled in the local municipal court where the charges were filed, as well as aggravated assault, which is a felony crime heard in the Atlantic County Superior Court. Either type of assault offense also forms the basis of a restraining order. Beyond assault charges, Atlantic County also sees approximately 3,000 harassment cases for domestic violence on an annual basis. The grand total of domestic violence cases in this county continues to inch toward 5,000, which explains how often our attorneys see and handle these cases on behalf of clients.
I Need to File a Restraining Order in Atlantic County NJ
If you are the victim of domestic violence in Atlantic County, you can request a temporary restraining order at the Atlantic County Family Intake Office located in room 130 of the Civil Courthouse, 1201 Bacharach Blvd. Atlantic City, NJ 08401, which takes complaints related to restraining orders from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anytime before 8:30 a.m., after 3:30 p.m., on weekends, or holidays a complaint for a temporary restraining order can be filed at the local police department where the victim of domestic violence resides, where the perpetrator resides, or where the domestic violence occurred. Click here for the contact information for local police departments in Atlantic County.
Have a Domestic Violence Case in Atlantic County? Atlantic City Domestic Violence Lawyer can Help
Whether you have a final hearing for a restraining order in Atlantic County Superior Court, Family Division, you are facing domestic violence charges in Superior Court or a local municipal court, or you need help obtaining a restraining order against someone else in the area, our highly skilled Atlantic County domestic violence attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are here to assist you. We frequently provide defense for clients issued temporary restraining orders, as well as advocacy for victims of domestic violence in Atlantic County, New Jersey. When you want a knowledgeable legal counselor who will aggressively advocate for your best interests and guide you through the legal process ahead, our lawyers are the team you want on your side. Call (908)-336-5008 for an absolutely free consultation or contact us online for more information.