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How do I file a NJ restraining order?

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How to file a restraining order in NJ

To file a restraining order in New Jersey, you must go to your local police department or to the Superior Court in the appropriate county. According to Rule 5:7A, the restraining order should be filed in the county in which either party resides, the county in which the alleged domestic violence took place, or in the county in which the alleged victim is sheltered.

If you or a loved one has a restraining order case in New Jersey and are in need of legal assistance, the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help. Our experienced restraining order attorneys have handled these types of cases in practically every county in the State of NJ and will provide you the best defense based on the facts of your case. As a result, our lawyers are ready and able to assist you with your restraining order case immediately including in Madison, Florham Park, Chester Twp., and Kinnelon. Contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at (908)-336-5008.

Travis J. Tormey has been cited in numerous publications including the Star Ledger, Daily Record, Bergen Record, Asbury Park Press and AOL News. He has also appeared as a legal expert on CBS radio with regards to domestic violence in New Jersey. Mr. Tormey has received numerous awards from the American Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He also received the clients choice awards from Avvo.com in ’13, ’14’, ’15 and ’16 and is a 10.0 rating.

Here is a review from one of our many satisfied restraining order clients:

“Case dismissed with Data Driven Facts”

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Posted by Shoubhik

“Travis dealt my case with passion, professionalism and punctuality. The flat fee was very reasonable for the amount of effort that had to be put in the case (4 hearings). Travis helped me arrange all the data I had gathered for my defense. His thoroughness with my case and his knowledge of the law were quite evident when he presented the closing summary in front of the judge. I would highly recommend him to prospective clients.”

I want to file a restraining order in New Jersey

The first thing that must be determined when attempting to file a restraining order in NJ is whether or not you have standing to file as a victim under the prevention of domestic violence act. In order to be eligible to file a restraining order, one of the following must be true:

  • You and the defendant were in a dating relationship at some point
  • You and the defendant resided together at some point
  • You and the defendant have a child together

If any of the above apply to your situation, then you are eligible to apply for a temporary restraining order (TRO). If not, you may not be eligible. NOTE: You can’t file a restraining order against your neighbor, for example, unless you and your neighbor had previously been involved in a relationship. You may be able to file criminal charges but a restraining order is not applicable in that case.

Now, once it is determined that you have standing to apply for a temporary restraining order (TRO) you must go to the court or the police department and file a domestic violence complaint and application for a TRO. You will either appear before a judge for sworn testimony or you will sign a sworn statement that will be read to a judge telephonically to determine whether or not the temporary restraining order (TRO) will issue. In the TRO, you must allege the following:

If the judge grants the TRO, then the defendant is prohibited from having any contact with you. If he or she violates the TRO, then they will be arrested and charged with contempt. You can also enumerate specific people or places that they are prohibited from attending or contacting such as your work, school, home and your parents, siblings, etc. If there are children in common then any visitation will also be addressed in the order. The final hearing will typically be scheduled within 10 days to determine whether or not a permanent restraining order will issue.

File a Restraining Order Lawyers in Parsippany NJ

If you or a loved one needs assistance filing a temporary restraining order (TRO) in New Jersey, contact the Tormey Law Firm now for immediate assistance at (908)-336-5008. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

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With offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark, Middletown, and Collingswood, our lawyers can represent you anywhere in New Jersey and are available immediately to assist you at (908)-336-5008

Hackensack / Bergen County

254 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

  • 201-556-1570
  • 201-556-1572
Hackensack Office

Morristown / Morris County

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400,
Morristown, NJ 07960

  • 908-336-5008
  • 201-556-1572
Morristown Office

Newark / Essex County

1 Gateway Center Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07102

  • 201-654-3464
  • 201-556-1572
Newark Office

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Travis J. Tormey is a distinguished member of the legal community and a respected legal resource on domestic violence. He has been featured in a variety of prominent publications and media outlets, including CBS radio, Aol News, the Asbury Park Press, NJ.com, and the Daily Record. Mr. Tormey has also been recognized as one of the the top criminal attorneys under 40 years of age by the National Trial Lawyers Association and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Whether representing victims or the wrongly accused, Travis remains passionately committed to protecting the rights of the innocent.

Areas we serve

The Tormey Law Firm LLC handles restraining order cases in Bergen County (Hackensack), Morris County (Morristown), Passaic County (Paterson), Union County (Elizabeth), Hudson County (Jersey City), Middlesex County (New Brunswick), Somerset County (Somerville), Sussex County (Newton), Essex County (Newark), Hunterdon County (Flemington), Mercer County (Trenton), Monmouth County (Freehold), Warren County (Belvidere), Ocean County (Toms River), Burlington County (Mount Holly), and throughout NJ.

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