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Restraining Order vs. No Contact Order in NJ

Restraining Order Defense Lawyers in Jersey City, NJ

What is a no contact order NJ domestic violence case?

No Contact Orders NJ Domestic Violence

Many people think that “no contact” orders are the same as restraining orders, but they are not. Restraining orders are achieved through a civil process and a “no contact” order is usually attached to conditions of release, detention, or bail.  The difference between a restraining order and a no contact order in New Jersey is important to understand because there can be arrests and criminal charges filed if either or both are violated by a defendant.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with a restraining order in NJ, you have come to the right place. The restraining order defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC represent clients on a daily basis charged with restraining orders in almost every county in NJ. In fact, Mr. Tormey has been recognized as a legal resource with regards to domestic violence and has been cited in several NJ newspapers and appeared on CBS Radio regarding same. As a result, our lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and seasoned with regards to restraining order cases and are able to assist you immediately at (908)-336-5008. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

Here is a five star review from one of our many satisfied restraining order clients:

“Great law firm. I emailed them on a Saturday night and Travis got back to me Sunday morning. He explained everything and put my mind at ease. One of his Associates Tom Ercolano was my lawyer. He did a great job and got a settlement with the other party” – Rose

Restraining Order v. No Contact Order in NJ: What does it mean?

A restraining order is different from a “no contact order” in New Jersey. A restraining order is a civil order that is filed in the Family Court by the alleged victim of domestic violence. Restraining orders start off as temporary, and they can be issued immediately by a judge to protect a domestic violence victim. As a result, a temporary restraining order (TRO) is issued preventing any contact between the plaintiff and the defendant. If the defendant contacts the plaintiff, he or she will be arrested and charged with contempt of court. The temporary order may eventually turn into a Final Restraining Order (FRO) pending a hearing. A final restraining order (FRO) hearing will be held to determine if the restraining order should be permanent or should be dismissed.

A “no contact order,” on the other hand, is related to criminal charges and is typically a condition of bail. For example, if you are arrested in a domestic violence incident and are charged with simple assault, one of the conditions of your release on bail with be “no contact with the victim”. This “no contact order” is completely separate and distinct from any civil restraining order that may or may not have been filed. It is specifically issued by a judge in order to stop a defendant from contacting the victim in any way, shape or form. This means by text, call, social media, handwritten notes, or even by a third person. In addition, if you violate the “no contact order”, your bail can be forfeited and you can also be held in contempt of court.

Restraining Order and No Contact Order Hudson County NJ: The Tormey Law Firm LLC can help

As you can see, the domestic violence system and charges in NJ can be very complex. Therefore, it is imperative that you have a seasoned restraining order defense lawyer by your side to navigate these complex cases and protect your rights in court. For additional information and a free initial consultation, contact our offices anytime 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
  • 201-556-1572
Morristown Office

Newark / Essex County

1 Gateway Center Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07102

  • 201-654-3464
  • 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,, 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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