I want to file a restraining order NJ – Do I have grounds?
Restraining Order Lawyers Near Me with offices in Hackensack, New Jersey
Grounds for restraining order NJ? In order to file a temporary restraining order (TRO) in New Jersey, you must have standing and jurisdiction to do so. In addition, you must establish the requisite proofs for a Judge to enter a TRO. Specifically, that a predicate act of domestic violence occurred, that there is a prior history of domestic violence between the parties, and that you are reasonable to be in fear of the defendant and need the protection of the court.
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 Mahwah, East Rutherford, North Arlington, and Ridgewood. 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 in New Jersey:
Posted by Stanley
“After receiving a Restraining Order by an ex girlfriend accusing me of harassment which was false, I contacted the law firm. They were very professional and help to keep me calm and relaxed. Travis and Chris helped me to get all the information I needed. I was also in the process of obtaining a high level position when this happened and was concerned about it affecting me getting the new job. Chris helped to get the case dismissed as quickly as possible and did an excellent job of keeping me informed. They are a great law firm and would recommend them to anyone.”
What are grounds for a Restraining Order in NJ?
Many potential clients contact our office asking if they have grounds to file a restraining order in New Jersey. Here are the basics:
To obtain a temporary restraining order in NJ, you must show the following:
- That a predicate act of domestic violence has occurred.
- This can be assault, harassment, stalking, terroristic threats, etc. You can allege multiple acts of domestic violence but you must have at least one of the enumerated predicate acts of domestic violence in order to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO). The predicate act(s) must have occurred recently in order to file for the emergent relief that a temporary restraining order provides. The argument is, if these acts of domestic violence occurred, then the plaintiff should file for a TRO right away, not wait weeks or potentially months later,.
- Prior history of domestic violence
- Most cases also require a showing of a prior history of domestic violence over and above the predicate act of domestic violence that occurred above. In certain cases, if the predicate act of domestic violence is very egregious then no showing of a prior history of DV will be necessary to obtain a restraining order.
- Victim needs the restraining order to protect them
- You must be able to show the judge that you need the restraining order to protect your safety and well-being. A reasonable person in your situation would be in fear of the defendant and would need the protection of the court system to feel safe.
If you can show all three of the above factors, then you have grounds to obtain a restraining order in NJ. However, you must also have standing to obtain a restraining order as well. Standing means that you are a protected party under the prevention of domestic violence act. To have standing to be able to file a restraining order in NJ, one of the following must apply to you:
- 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
I need help filing a restraining order in NJ? Contact the Tormey Law Firm
If any of those scenarios apply to you, then you have standing to apply for a temporary restraining order (TRO). You can do so by going to your local police department or to the Superior Court in the county in which you reside.
For more information, contact the Tormey Law Firm directly at (908)-336-5008.