Restraining Order Lawyers in Mt. Laurel, NJ
New Jersey Restraining Order Attorneys Help Victims of Domestic Violence File for TROs and FROs in Burlington County, Camden County & Gloucester County, NJ
Nearly all temporary restraining orders (TROs) under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act are ex parte orders. So long as one or more required acts are sworn to, it’s highly likely that a judge will enter that order. No notice to the defendant of a plaintiff’s intention to obtain a domestic violence TRO is required, and that defendant need not be in court for the TRO hearing. A judge will set the matter for hearing on a final restraining order (FRO) on a date about 10 days out.
Final Restraining Order (FRO) Hearings in New Jersey
As opposed to a hearing on a TRO, when notice is rarely given to a defendant and legal protocol is relaxed, that individual is entitled to the full protection of due process of law in a Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearing. It’s likely that an attorney will represent him or her. The rules of civil procedure apply, and they can be confusing. The rules of evidence also apply in an FRO hearing, and those are highly complex. Then the burden of proof must be met, and that involves proving the underlying allegations and the need for continued protection with an FRO by a preponderance of the evidence.
The same judge who granted your TRO can be your worst opponent if an experienced and respected attorney does not represent you in your FRO hearing.
Never Go into a Courtroom Without an Attorney
Whether you’re seeking a TRO or an FRO, it’s crucial for you to be represented by knowledgeable, compassionate, and respected counsel. Michele Finizio is a New Jersey restraining order attorney with extensive experience and demonstrated success in NJ domestic violence cases. Along with the need for proof of the legally required elements of a reason for a final restraining order, the need for continuing protection must also be shown. That’s unlikely to happen if it’s merely your word against the defendant’s.
Call NJ Domestic Violence Attorney Michele Finizio for Help Seeking a Restraining Order in Camden, New Jersey
I represent domestic violence victims throughout South Jersey, including Evesham, Mount Laurel, Medford, Cherry Hill, Camden, Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Washington Township, NJ. Let me build your New Jersey restraining order case for you from the beginning. You can contact me online, or you can phone me at 609-230-0374 for a free consultation.