Having a Final Restraining Order (FRO) issued against you is not a matter to be taken lightly. The serious consequences of violation can negatively impact “the personal and professional lives of those who are found guilty of what the Legislature has characterized as ‘a serious crime against society.’” The following article from Mark W. Catanzaro gives everything you need to know about a Final Restraining Order, including a definition, its consequences, and what you can do about it.
Final Restraining Order: Definition
A final restraining order tends to be more severe and detailed than a temporary restraining order. Within ten days after enacting the temporary restraining order, a judge may decide to order a final restraining order at a final hearing. While a temporary restraining order lasts about three months, a final restraining order can last forever.
Final Restraining Order: Consequences
Restraining orders are meant to protect victims and rehabilitate offenders without requiring a prison term. Consider the following consequences of violating a final restraining order…
- The defendant can be evicted from his or her residence if they live with the person who filed the FRO
- The defendant can lose their job if they work with the person who filed the FRO
- Visitation can be suspended
- The defendant may have to provide monetary compensation, including court fees.
- Mandatory counseling for defendant
- Drug and/or alcohol counseling if necessary
- The defendant may lose full custody of their children
- Along with losing contact with the person who filed the FRO, the defendant may also lose contact with their family
- Exclusion from owning firearm
- Inclusion in the domestic violence registry, which is available to law enforcement agencies and Family Court domestic violence personnel.
Any violation of the final restraining order is considered a criminal offense and could result in jail time. Furthermore, even if a violation is simply alleged, New Jersey law requires a mandatory arrest. Even something as simple as a phone call or text message can be considered a violation.
What You Can Do About a Final Restraining Order
Mark Catanzaro has over 30 years’ experience in both defending and prosecuting clients for FRO cases. If you need legal assistance in either defending or prosecuting your case, he is the right man for the job. Contact Mark today!