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NJ Restraining Order Dismissed by Judge after Trial

Restraining Order Defense Lawyers with offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark NJ

Bergen County NJ Restraining Order Attorneys

Bergen County NJ Restraining Order Attorneys

Travis J. Tormey recently represented a client facing a final restraining order (FRO) in the Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey. The client had no prior criminal history and was not a United States citizen. As a result, if a permanent restraining order was issued against him, it would have severe long lasting implications with regards to his immigration status. In addition, the client would be fingerprinted, placed in a statewide database for domestic violence offenders, and would be prohibited from owning firearms. As a professional with multiple masters degrees and a corporate job, this would have been devastating for the client.

The restraining order was filed by the client’s roommate. They were essentially house mates who were renting rooms in the same home as young professionals. There was a disagreement about certain household chores and where personal property should be kept in the home which resulted in a verbal dispute. The allegation was that our client pushed the plaintiff and that the plaintiff was baiting the defendant to hit him to which he refused. The police were not called to the scene and the plaintiff waited until the next day to file for the temporary restraining order (TRO).

Mr. Tormey was able to convince the judge at trial to dismiss the restraining order. There was no domestic violence here. In addition, there was no prior history of domestic violence. Finally, the plaintiff was a large man and was clearly not in fear for his safety. Lastly, the plaintiff testified that he had restraining prior restraining orders against other roommates who lived with him. He was clearly using the restraining order system as a sword rather than a shield and turning Family court into landlord/tenant court by evicting roommates who he did not get along with. This is not what restraining orders are designed to do and the judge agreed.

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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 201-556-1570

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

  • 888-668-1940
  • 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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