Defend Against A Final Restraining Order

We Will Fight Untrue Allegations Of Domestic Violence And Unfair Restrictions

If someone obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against you in New Jersey based on domestic violence, you have very little time to prepare for the final restraining order (FRO) hearing, where you will have the opportunity to defend yourself in court.

By law, such hearings must take place within 10 days of the date that the temporary restraining order was issued. This may be extended for a short period to allow you and the plaintiff to retain attorneys and prepare for trial. At the conclusion of the trial, a judge will decide whether to dissolve the temporary restraining order or turn it into final restraining order (sometimes called a permanent restraining order).

Take action to protect your rights.
We can defend you against a final restraining order or argue against excessive restrictions. Call Somerville lawyer Rajeh A. Saadeh at 908-864-6889.

You Need Experienced Legal Counsel To Fight This

To obtain a final restraining order (FRO) in New Jersey based on domestic violence, the plaintiff has to prove two elements:

  • That you committed at least one act of domestic violence among the 19 enumerated acts on the checklist in the temporary restraining order (TRO)
  • That a final restraining order is needed because of the egregiousness of the domestic violence and a history of such violence and because you represent a threat to commit future acts of violence as described in the statute

We have successfully defended clients by proving that the actual events did not constitute domestic violence, that the plaintiff's story has changed since the TRO, that you are not likely to commit further abuse or violence, or that the plaintiff is lying or exaggerating to gain advantage in divorce or child custody proceedings.

There Is Too Much At Stake

A final restraining order can place severe restrictions on your life. You may be cut off from contact with your children, other than supervised visitation. You may be barred from any contact with the plaintiff and his or her family members. You may be required to keep a certain distance away or refrain from going to certain places in your community.

You will constantly face arrest or further court sanctions for violating the restraining order. That could lead to jail time and additional restrictions, as well as a criminal conviction on your record. The outcome of your domestic violence case can have lasting effects on you and your family, such as your freedom to own a firearm or gun, travel implications, and current and future employment. That's why it's important to hire an attorney you can trust to aggressively fight for your rights.

The Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh, L.L.C., has helped numerous individuals accused of domestic violence, including women and men, defend themselves against the issuance of final restraining orders. Anyone can seek a restraining order — spouses and ex-spouses, dating partners, roommates, children, parents or siblings. Before the hearing, we will review the TRO and advise you on the likelihood that the plaintiff will be granted a final restraining order. Then we will strategize how best to defend against it, including by exploring the real reason why the plaintiff wants an FRO. These reasons may include obtaining an advantage in child custody disputes, getting you out of a home that you shared or even immigration purposes.

If you have been accused of domestic violence or subjected to a temporary restraining order, do not delay in seeking legal help. Call us at 908-864-6889 or contact us online and we will reach out to you shortly. We assist clients in all New Jersey counties, including Middlesex County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Morris County, Union County and Mercer County.