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Need assistance with a temporary order of protection in Essex County? We can help.

Travis J. Tormey recently defended a client facing a final restraining order (FRO) in the Essex County Superior Court located in Newark, New Jersey. Restraining Orders in New Jersey are very serious. If a final restraining order is issued by the court, the defendant is fingerprinted, placed in a statewide database for domestic violence offenders, can’t own firearms, and this restraining order could effect immigration status as well as any professional licenses the defendant may have. In addition, if the defendant is ever charged with violating the restraining order (which is called contempt of court), they are arrested and face a permanent criminal charge on their record as well as potential jail time. Finally, restraining orders in New Jersey are permanent and never expire.

In this case, the client and his ex-wife were married for 18 years. There were never any domestic violence allegations during the course of their marriage. They have two children in common and joint custody of same. There have been some arguments recently regarding the children and some nasty text messages sent back and forth. Based on these arguments, the plaintiff filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) alleging harassment.

Trial: Final Restraining Order Hearing at the Essex County Court in Newark, NJ

Once a temporary restraining order is filed, the case is usually scheduled for a final hearing within 10 days. In the meantime, the Judge will address issues such as custody, parenting time, visitation (supervised or not), child support, etc. in the temporary restraining order. Then, the parties appear in court for the final hearing where the plaintiff can essentially do three (3) things:

  1. Dismiss the restraining order voluntarily
  2. Negotiate a settlement with the defendant known as civil restraints
  3. Proceed with the trial and try to obtain a final restraining order in NJ which is permanent and never expires

In this case, the Plaintiff appeared in court and wanted to proceed with a trial. The parties must have all of their evidence gathered such as text messages, voicemails, witnesses, police reports, hospital records, photos, etc. for the Judge to view at trial and the other party to cross examine.

In this case, at the final restraining order hearing in Newark, Mr. Tormey was able to effectively argue that these verbal arguments “went both ways” and that some inappropriate and antagonistic comments were said by both parties. In addition, he was able to show that there was no violence ever and there was no need for the restraining order in this case to protect the plaintiff from anything.

In order to obtain a final restraining order in NJ, the Plaintiff must show that a predicate act of domestic violence occurred (in this case harassment, that there is a prior history of violence between the parties, and that the plaintiff is in fear for their safety and needs the restraining order as protection. Here, the plaintiff was not able to show that there was harassment. She was also not able to show a prior history of violence. Finally, she was not able to show that she was reasonably in fear of the defendant based on their verbal arguments back and forth about their children.

Fortunately, the judge agreed and dismissed the restraining order. This was a great result for our client and the Tormey Law Firm.

Review from Very Satisfied Client of the Tormey Law Firm

Here is the actual client review which was posted on regarding the representation the client received:

“Travis successfully defended me in an unprecedented Final Restraining Order Trial with ease”

5.0 stars
Posted by Aaron

Upon consultation I hired Travis Tormey to defend me in a very emotional and scary time of need where I was facing a potentially devasting FRO. Travis was knowledgeable, comforting, and most importantly confident. THIS GUY KNOWS THE LAW! Watch his YouTube clips, read his reviews, and simply call him to discuss your case. I did and was so impressed with his amazing win in court. Don’t go into court without this guy in your corner. Consulted, hired, and successfully had my day in court. Thanks for everything, I hope I never need a defense attorney again, but if I do, Travis Tormey is the only lawyer I would use. All 5 stars !

Fight False Allegations of Domestic Violence in Essex County NJ

For more information, please contact the NJ restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm at (908)-336-5008.

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With offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark, Middletown, and New Brunswick, 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

60 Washington St Suite 200A,
Morristown, NJ 07960

  • 908-336-5008
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Morristown Office

Newark / Essex County

1 Gateway Center Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07102

  • 201-654-3464
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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,, 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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