Restraining Order Lawyers Passaic County NJ
Domestic Violence Attorneys for Temporary and Final Restraining Order Hearings in Paterson, New Jersey
Being either the victim of domestic violence who needs a restraining order in Passaic County or the accused perpetrator of domestic violence is a stressful situation. When an alleged act of domestic violence occurs, whether it is harassment, simple assault, criminal mischief, or terroristic threats, the victim has two important legal avenues that they may wish to pursue: criminal charges against the defendant and obtaining a restraining order. The experienced restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm have fought to obtain restraining orders for victims in Passaic County, New Jersey, and in other cases, defended the accused and succeeded in having restraining order cases dismissed. We understand that so much is on the line when you are involved in a domestic violence matter and the outcome has repercussions that can impact many aspects of your life, from your living situation, to your job, to your child custody arrangement, your reputation, your finances, and beyond. When you need a permanent order of protection from an abuser, a successful outcome in your case can serve to protect you from future abuse and provide much-needed peace of mind. Regardless of which side you are on in a domestic violence restraining order, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to diligently protect your best interests and assist you in securing the outcome you are seeking.
Whether you are the victim of domestic violence or you are alleged to have perpetrated a predicate act of domestic violence, your restraining order case will be managed 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. The restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm are here to help you with your domestic violence case in Passaic County including in Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, North Haledon, and Passaic City. Contact our offices now for a free initial consultation at (908)-336-5008.
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PASSAIC COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
Domestic violence cases and hearings for restraining orders in Passaic County will be heard at the Passaic County Superior Court. The Passaic County Courthouse is located at 77 Hamilton Street Paterson, NJ 07505 is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can be contacted at 973-247-8000. Click here for more information regarding the Passaic County Superior Court. For directions to the Passaic County Superior Court, click here.
PASSAIC COUNTY FAMILY COURT – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT
Restraining order matters in Passaic County Superior Court will be handled by a Judge who sits in the Family Part of the Chancery Division of the Passaic County Superior Court. The Presiding Judge of the Passaic County Family Part is the Honorable Greta Gooden Brown, P.J.F.P., whose chambers can be contacted at 973-247-8441. The Passaic County Family Part also has a Domestic Violence Unit with court staff dedicated to domestic violence and restraining order cases. The Domestic Violence Team can be contacted at 973-247-8487. Click here for more information on the Passaic County Family Court Domestic Violence Unit.
PASSAIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit 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 Passaic County. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is located at 401 Grand Street, Paterson, New Jersey 07505, and can be contacted at 973-881-4800 For more information on the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit, click here.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES AND SERVICES IN PASSAIC COUNTY
If you’re the victim of domestic violence in Passaic County, don’t hesitate to call the confidential 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233) for domestic violence services such as crisis intervention and/or referrals to local services. Click on the following link for the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence to learn about what services and resources are available in Passaic County.
If you are a victim of domestic violence in Passaic County, there are a number of service providers that are available to provide shelter assistance and counseling services to you. The Passaic County Women’s Center and Domestic Violence Support Center has a 24/7 domestic violence hotline and emergency shelter services and can be reached at 973-881-1450. The Passaic County Women’s Center and Domestic Violence Support Center are located at 1027 Madison Ave, Paterson, NJ 07513. Another service provider for victims of domestic violence in Passaic County is Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abuse Relationships At Home), which is located at 925 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012, phone: 1-888-883-2323. For more information on resources for batterers interventions, anger management, counseling and family services in Passaic County, click on the following link.
In addition to the local services for domestic violence resources in Passaic County, there are also statewide and national services available for the victims of domestic violence in Passaic County. 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 PASSAIC COUNTY
If you are a victim of domestic violence in need of legal services, contact the Paterson Office of Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, 152 Market Street, 6th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505, Phone: (973) 523-2900.
Need Help Filing a Restraining Order in Passaic County NJ?
If you are the victim of domestic violence in Passaic County, you can request a temporary restraining order at the Passaic County Superior Court at 77 Hamilton Street Paterson, NJ 07505 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you need to file for a restraining order at any other time, including weekends and holidays 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. You may also be entitled to a file for a Sexual Assault Restraining Order, which is available to victims under the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act in New Jersey. Click here for the contact information for local police departments in Passaic County.
What Happens in Cases of Domestic Violence in Passaic County, New Jersey?
If you find yourself involved in a domestic violence case in Passaic County, you are not alone. Domestic violence offenses and corresponding restraining order proceedings are a regular feature of daily life in Passaic County. According to the New Jersey State Police, there were approximately 3,367 of these cases in a single year, often involving domestic violence charges for harassment, burglary, criminal mischief, assault, terroristic threats, and sexual assault. When domestic violence happens, the court may issue a temporary restraining order to protect the alleged victim of domestic violence until a final hearing can be held to determine the necessity, or lack thereof, for a final restraining order.
The final restraining order hearing must be held in a relatively short amount of time, typically within 10 days, as these matters are considered emergent in nature. The temporary restraining order requires the victim to meet a lesser burden of proof when compared with a final restraining order, as the TRO is often the interim measure pending the final outcome in the case. Unlike final restraining orders, which often involve extended hearings, trials, testimony by both parties, witnesses, cross-examinations, and other evidence, temporary restraining orders are based on the victim’s statements alone. In other words, the accused is not present at the time prior to the issuance of a TRO. The defendant is, however, entitled to hire an attorney and defend their innocence at the final hearing in Passaic County Superior Court, Family Division, in Paterson.
Ultimately, if a Final Restraining Order has been issued against you in Paterson, New Jersey, within 45 days from the entry of the Final Restraining Order, you have the option to appeal. Grounds for an appeal can include errors during trial, or related to law, facts and evidence used during trial. Whether a Final Restraining Order has been issued against you or if you are awaiting proceedings for a restraining order, The Tormey Law Firm is ready to assist you today. We have represented countless Plaintiffs and Defendants in Restraining Orders and have zealously represented clients in appealing judicial decisions regarding Final Restraining Orders.
How to Appeal a Final Restraining Order issued in Passaic County
To appeal a final restraining order (FRO) arising out of Passaic County Superior Court located in Paterson, NJ, you must file an appeal within 45 days to the Appellate Division in Trenton. A filing fee of $250 must be paid and you must order the transcript of your trial so that the Appellate judges can review what happened at your hearing and make a ruling on the legitimacy of your appeal. It is important to have a lawyer experienced in restraining order appeals assist you throughout this complex process.
Motion to Remove a Final Restraining Order Issued in Passaic County Court
If you have an old restraining order issued against you from Passaic County NJ, you may be eligible to file a motion to remove it and argue that there has been a significant change in circumstances such that the original restraining order is no longer necessary to protect the victim. This motion must be served on the Plaintiff and they will have an opportunity to object to the removal. If the motion is opposed, there will be a hearing held before a Judge in the Passaic County Court, Family Division, to determine if the restraining order should remain in place or be removed and dismissed.
Contact a Passaic County Restraining Order Lawyer Today
If you are the victim or the accused in a domestic violence case in Passaic County, enlisting the help of an experienced domestic violence lawyer can truly spell the difference between a positive or negative outcome in your case. A temporary or final restraining order has far-reaching implications, some of which may be unforeseen to you and your loved ones. Finding out your rights and how you can best protect them when seeking a permanent order of protection, or to defend against false accusations of domestic violence, is paramount and should not be delayed. Contact our highly skilled Paterson restraining order attorneys at (908)-336-5008 for a free consultation about your case today. If you enlist our help, you can place your trust in the most experienced legal professionals providing your representation.