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Union County NJ Domestic Violence Lawyers

Do you need a lawyer to fight for you in court on a restraining order hearing in Union County? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a case we successfully handled for a client in Elizabeth with great results.

The Union County NJ restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC represented a client recently who was facing a final restraining order (FRO) in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The client was a man with no prior criminal history who lived with his significant other for years and they have two children together, although they were never married. The client’s partner was a heavy drinker and when she was intoxicated she would attack him during their arguments. Then, she would claim that he was assaulting her and call the police.

False Allegations of Domestic Violence in Elizabeth NJ

This time, she filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) against him which forced him out of his house and prevented him from seeing his children. If a final restraining order was granted in this case, the client would be permanently removed from the home, fingerprinted and placed in a statewide database for domestic violence offenders, prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, and this restraining order would be permanent in nature and would never expire.

Luckily, the client retained the Tormey Law Firm to represent him at the final restraining order hearing. The hearing was conducted in the Family Division of the Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth and consisted of five (5) days of trial. Police officers and other witnesses were subpoenaed to testify before the Judge and both the plaintiff and defendant gave their versions of events.

Burden of Proof in NJ Restraining Order Trials

The Plaintiff goes first in a restraining order hearing and has the burden of proof – by a preponderance of the evidence – to show that an act of domestic violence occurred, a prior history of violence exists, and the plaintiff needs the protection of the court that a final restraining order brings. The Plaintiff can testify and tell the Judge what happened. In addition, they can offer evidence such as witnesses, emails, text messages, phone records, police reports, hospital records, pictures of injuries, etc. to prove their case. Once the plaintiff is finished, the defendant (or their attorney) can cross examine the Plaintiff and try to attack their proofs and the evidence presented.

Then, the Defendant has an opportunity to testify (if they wish) and admit evidence but they don’t have to. A defendant does not have to prove anything at trial, that is the Plaintiff’s responsibility and burden. When both parties have finished putting on their case, the Judge will consider all of the evidence and determine whether or not to issue a final restraining order.

In this case, finally, after the long final hearing, the Judge dismissed the restraining order and found that no predicate act of domestic violence occurred. The Judge questioned the plaintiff’s credibility and motives and found her testimony to be unreliable.

It’s imperative that you hire an experienced domestic violence attorney who handles restraining order hearings on a regular basis to represent you. We know the types of evidence that Judges are looking for in these matters (relevant evidence) and we know the rules of evidence in order to raise proper objections and attack the other side’s evidence in order to get the best possible result for you in court.

Restraining Order Dismissed in Union County NJ

This was a great result for our client and the Tormey Law Firm. If you or a loved one needs assistance with a final restraining order matter in Union County NJ or anywhere in New Jersey, contact our offices 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 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
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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.

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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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