Temporary Restraining Order

Temporary Restraining Order Lawyers in Mercer County

Need Local Restraining Order Lawyer in HamiltonDomestic disputes are going to happen but when they escalate and the law enforcement is forced to get involved, the stakes get much higher. In New Jersey, a victim of an act of domestic violence can seek relief in the form of a Temporary Restraining Order as well as by pressing criminal charges. If you have been accused of an act of domestic violence like simple assault, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, stalking, harassment or sexual assault and have been served with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) it is imperative that you speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your options.

Need Local Lawyer in Princeton For Restraining Order

TRO’s are exactly what they say they are, temporary. In order for a TRO to become a final restraining order (FRO) a FRO hearing must take place the family division of the Mercer County Superior Court. These hearings are in essence miniature trials and as such, they require the assistance of an experienced Mercer County domestic violence defense lawyers. If you have been served with a restraining order in Mercer County, in towns like Hamilton, Lawrence, East Windsor, Princeton, West Windsor, Trenton or Robbinsville, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Our Mercer County domestic violence defense lawyers have been representing clients served with a TRO in courts through out the State for almost a decade now. If you would like to come into our office for a face to face meeting with one of our attorneys then please contact us at (609) 789-0779. Time is of the essence when it comes to TRO’s in New Jersey. As you will see below, the courts require the parties to appear in court within ten days. So, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is a Temporary Restraining Order in NJ? Do I Need a Lawyer?

Since temporary restraining orders are civil in nature in New Jersey, the final restraining order (FRO) hearing will take place in the family division of the Mercer County Courthouse, which is located at 175 South Broad Street, Second Floor. If a Defendant is also charged criminally with an act of domestic violence then those charges will be heard in either the criminal division of the Mercer County Courthouse or the local municipal court depending on the degree of the offense. Due to the immediacy involved in a TRO, the parties are required to appear in court within 10 days of being served. With that being said, one adjournment is traditionally granted with these types of hearing, however, the FRO hearing usually must take place within 30 days. Now, although that seems like a long time, in reality it isn’t. These hearings are rather complex and in order to be successful, time is required to adequately investigate the allegations in the TRO. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our attorneys then please contact us at (609) 789-0779.

Here is a review from another satisfied client of Proetta & Oliver: 

Temporary TRO

After a bitter domestic breakup, my ex filed a temporary restraining order to obtain some personal belongings left in my home. Out of concern for the potential impact to my career and reputation, I searched online for the right representation and found Keith Oliver. From the initial conversation, Mr. Oliver listened intently to my concerns and provided me with multiple options. I elected to retain Mr. Oliver as counsel as he put me at ease immediately with his knowledge of the process. Needlessly to say, Keith’s legal knowledge and personal insight into human behavior resulted in a vacated TRO within days. His due diligence, knowledge and concern were integral in helping me during a stressful time. Highly recommend.

For more on this particular case, please see A.F. v. R.P.

What are the Ramifications of a Temporary Restraining Order?

If a TRO is granted, it will prevent a Defendant from seeing their children, possessing any firearms, returning to their home, future acts of domestic violence and speaking to the victim. If a Defendant is accused of violating any of these conditions, they will be charged with a violation of a restraining order. A violation of a restraining order charge will still be prosecuted even if the underlying TRO is dismissed outright at a FRO hearing.

Some of the most common underlying acts of domestic violence which form the basis for the issuance of a TRO are:

  • Assault;
  • Stalking;
  • Harassment;
  • False Imprisonment;
  • Criminal Coercion;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Sexual Assault;
  • Terroristic Threats.

Need a Lawyer for a Restraining Order in West Windsor NJ

If you have been served with a TRO or charged criminally with an act of domestic violence in Mercer County, we can help. Our attorneys have been defend clients served with a TRO for years now. These offenses can become very complex and as such require the assistance of an experienced Mercer County Domestic Violence defense lawyer. Our office serves all of Mercer County, including towns like Lawrence, Hightstown, Hopewell, Robbinsville, Hamilton, Ewing and Trenton. If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys about your options then please contact us at (609) 789-0779. As always, our initial consultations are free of charge and we can be reached 24/7 to help assist in anyway possible.