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Making sense after getting a restraining order in NJ

You have been served with a restraining order in New Jersey and have no clue what to do next. What you have received is likely to be a temporary restraining order, also called a TRO. Anyone, you shared a domestic relationship with, whether in the past or present, can get a TRO after the alleged incident of domestic violence. You have a chance to represent your story at the final restraining order hearing, which will be scheduled within the next ten days. You can click here to book a consultation with one of the criminal defense attorneys in NJ. In this post, we are sharing the things you must do after getting the TRO.

  1. Cooperate. No matter how one-sided the restraining order may seem, adhere to the same. If you are sharing the house with the alleged victim, the police may ask you to leave, which you must comply with. Also, the police may confiscate your firearms. Cooperate with the police, or else they can arrest you.
  2. Read the TRO. The restraining order will mention what you cannot do, including strict no-contact rules with the plaintiff or the family. You may have to keep away from your child if the restraining order mentions the same. This could impact your custody rights. Also, the date of the hearing would be mentioned in the TRO.
  3. Call a criminal defense attorney. You may not know how to work for the hearing. Look for an attorney specializing in criminal defense and make sure that the lawyer also practices family law because matters concerning restraining orders often also involve custody issues.
  4. Contest the FRO. It is as important to contest the FRO, for which you will need evidence and witnesses. Your lawyer will determine the line of defense. If you don’t arrive for the final restraining order hearing, the court will issue a default FRO.
  5. Don’t talk to the complainant, even if they do. If the complainant tries to contact you, make sure that you record all details and keep that as evidence. Do not respond to their calls and messages.

Dealing with a FRO against you

While restraining orders are a matter of the civil court, you will have to give your photo and fingerprints to the police, which will be entered into the domestic violence database. The FRO will appear in background checks across the country, and therefore, your best bet is to be present at the hearing and prevent that from happening.