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Getting a Final Restraining Order in New Jersey

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Never take having Final Restraining Order (FRO) issued against you 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.’” This article you gives everything you need to know about a Final Restraining Order. This includes a definition, its consequences, and what you can do about it.

Final Restraining Order: Definition

First, a final restraining order tends to carry more severity and details than a temporary restraining order. Within ten days after enacting the temporary order, a judge may decide to order a final one at a final hearing. While a temporary restraining order lasts about three months, a final restraining order can last forever.

Final Restraining Order: Consequences

Second, restraining orders exist to protect victims and rehabilitate offenders without requiring a prison term. Consider the following consequences…

  • The defendant can face eviction 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, available to all law enforcement agencies and Family Court domestic violence personnel.

The law considers any violation of these orders as a criminal offense, Therefore, it could result in jail time. Furthermore, even if someone simply accuses you of a violation, New Jersey law requires a mandatory arrest. Thus, even something as simple as a phone call or text message comes with consequences!

What You Can Do About It!

Finally, 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, look no further than him. Contact Mark today!


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