A restraining order can have a lasting impact on your life. While it may or may not have been justified at the time, a long-lasting restraining order can continue to affect your job, reputation, and family life. Continue reading to find out how long a restraining order lasts in New Jersey.
New Jersey Assigns Restraining Orders for Life
New Jersey assigns restraining orders for life. This means that they are not given an expiration date. But, there are a few ways in which it can be lifted:
- The victim requests the restraining order be lifted
- If you file an appeal and it is approved
- If you file a motion to vacate the restraining order
But, without any action taken, a restraining order will continue to be active.
What Is a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)?
Most officials will first issue a temporary restraining order (TRO). Depending on the details of the case and any evidence presented, or not presented, the TRO can turn into a final restraining order (FRO). This makes it crucial to consider your options and to work with an experienced defense lawyer if you are dealing with a TRO now.
The TRO includes detailed information about the defendant and the specific relief requested by the victim. It will also include a search warrant for weapons and a notice to appear in court. Not appearing for a notice in court, or missing the other important steps, could lead to the judge filing a FRO.
How a Restraining Order Impacts Your Life
The goal of a restraining order is to protect someone against a perceived threat. It is usually issued in domestic violence cases or following criminal threats. But, restraining orders lead to many more consequences for the defendant than the requirement to stay away from the person who requests the order. A restraining order can also affect you in the following ways:
- Ability to visit with children
- Ability to work in certain careers
- Your reputation
- Expensive legal fines
A restraining order will also lead to the defendant being placed in a New Jersey domestic violence registry. This also prevents the defendant from owning a firearm. It could also have an impact on child custody agreements or lead to spousal support or other financial requirements, which can get costly.
Find Out Your Options
If you are currently dealing with a TRO or were issued a FRO due to missing a court date, it is important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. FROs have long-lasting impacts on your life. Taking certain legal steps now may be able to prevent this from occurring. If you already have a FRO on your record, you may have other options available, but it is important to consider them with a lawyer.
Your lawyer can help you evaluate your options, including filing an appeal or a motion. They can help you navigate New Jersey’s laws and the process of overturning a restraining order. Additionally, if the victim has decided that they no longer feel in danger, they may also assist in the process, and your lawyer can help you fill out the right paperwork.
Contact a Mount Laurel Attorney for a Consultation About Restraining Orders in New Jersey Today
If you are dealing with a temporary or final restraining order, you need to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The New Jersey attorneys at the Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC represents clients throughout the state, including Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Pemberton, and Willingboro. We understand how challenging this time can be for you, which is why we will fight hard to protect your interests, and the interests of your loved ones, throughout the legal process. Call us at 856-333-3586 or fill out our confidential contact form to schedule a consultation.
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