Temporary restraining orders (TRO) issued for domestic violence can lead to permanent final restraining orders (FRO) and serious consequences, including being barred from the home with only clothes that the police officer allows you to grab in 15 minutes, separation from your children, and even jail for violation of the restraining order. There is too much at stake not to defend against domestic violence charges and a permanent final restraining order.
The lawyers at the Eder Law Firm aggressively defend charges of domestic violence (e.g. assault, harassment, stalking), restraining orders and TRO and FRO violations. Contact us immediately for a free consultation. With offices in East Brunswick, we practice in Essex, Hudson, Union, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties in northern and central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, and in any other county in New Jersey to meet our clients' needs.
Most judges will issue a temporary restraining order upon the request of the victim or the police with minimal proof of domestic violence. Within a few days, you must appear in Superior Court, Family Division, to respond to the allegations. At that hearing, the court will determine if there is a basis for issuing a final restraining order. All that is necessary for the court to grant a FRO is to find, based upon the "preponderance of the evidence," the lowest standard of proof, that an act of domestic violence occurred and that the victim is in fear of his/her safety. Once issued, the FRO is almost always permanent. Violation of the FRO is a criminal offense!
The issuance of an FRO permanently prevents you from having any contact with the accuser. Any intentional contact, even if consented to by the alleged victim, is a criminal violation punishable by jail. An FRO can prevent you from seeing your children or, alternatively, enable you to see them only through supervised visitation. It will prevent you from possessing a firearm, and has other significant consequences.
Attorney Todd B. Eder is a former assistant county prosecutor with more than 40+ years of courtroom experience. He has successfully challenged domestic violence accusations, avoiding the criminal consequences of a final restraining order.
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