How to Get a Restraining Order in Burlington County?
Do you need to obtain a restraining order? If so, contact your local police department or Superior Court. Depending upon the underlying offense of domestic violence, you may be able to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order and eventually a Final Restraining Order. If you are looking to obtain a restraining order, certain procedures must be followed. Moreover, you must be prepared to testify before a judge and possibly be cross-examined by an attorney. Please review the information below to learn how to file a restraining order in New Jersey. If you are a victim of domesticviolenceand wish to obtain a restraining order against an abuse spouse, lover or family member, contact the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver by calling 609-850-8284. Our Burlington County Lawyers handle restraining order hearings on behalf of victims and defendants. This has allowed us to craft a strong understanding and unique approach when handling restraining order cases. Call today for your complimentary consultation.
How Can I Get a Restraining Order?
You may file for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) when an act of domestic violence has occurred. This TRO may be filed in the County where the domestic violence occurred, where the defendant resides, where you reside, or where you are temporarily staying. Each County has a Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court/Family Division where you may file for a Temporary Restraining Order. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If the Superior Court is closed, you may appear before your local police department and make a request file a TRO with them.
What Do I Do When I Request a TRO in NJ?
If you appear before the Burlington County Superior Court, located at 49 Rancocas Rd, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, seeking a TRO, you will be asked to sit down for an interview with a Domestic Violence Staff Member. They will ask you questions about the underlying incident of domestic violence and attempt to ascertain whether or not there has been a history of domestic violence with this individual. After the interview, there will be a hearing with a domestic violence hearing officer or judge. This hearing is handled ex-parte and will not include the defendant. If the restraining order is granted, a Temporary Restraining Order will be issued on your behalf against the defendant. The defendant will be served with a copy of the Temporary Restraining Order and notified of formal hearing date. Generally, you and the defendant will be required to appear again before a Family Court Judge for a formal Final Restraining Order Hearing within 10 days of the TRO.
Final Restraining Order Hearing Lawyers in Burlington County
Many victims are overwhelmed by the idea of conducting a formal hearing on their domestic violence case. Not only is it difficult to relive traumatic events, but it is even harder to prove your case before a judge when you are without an attorney and the defendant is represented by counsel. Few people are prepared to testify, introduce evidence, call witnesses or cross-examine the defendant’s witnesses. If you plan to handle your case alone, you must be prepared to do all of these things. Failure to satisfy the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act’sburden will result in a dismissal of your case. To speak with an attorney about possible issues or obstacles you may face, call 609-850-8284.
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