A restraining order in New Jersey is meant to protect victims of domestic violence. If you need to obtain a restraining order in Union County, NJ, the experienced domestic violence attorneys at William Proetta Criminal Law are available to help you obtain protection quickly. Our skilled lawyers help clients obtain temporary and permanent restraining orders in Elizabeth, Linden, Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Westfield, and throughout Union County, NJ. This post will provide you with important information that you will need to know about obtaining a restraining order in Union County, NJ. Keep reading for a detailed explanation of the steps for getting a restraining order in New Jersey and contact our Cranford office for a free consultation. One of our restraining order lawyers will discuss your specific case and answer all of your questions. Simply call (908) 838-0150 or contact us online.
What Is a Restraining Order and How Do I Get One?
In New Jersey, a restraining order is a legal protective order that prohibits a person from being in contact with a victim or being physically present within a certain proximity of a victim. Before obtaining a final restraining order, you need to file for a temporary restraining order. The terms of your temporary restraining order will vary depending on the circumstances of your situation. The order will likely prohibit the person from contacting you and may also specify places that the person cannot go, such as your place of work, school, and anywhere else you may frequent.
Who Can Get a Restraining Order?
In order to obtain a restraining order, you must qualify as a victim under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Under the Act, a victim is someone who has been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, blood relative, person with whom they cohabitate with or have cohabitated with in the past, a person they have a child with or are expecting a child with, or someone they had a dating relationship with. You must fear for your safety to obtain a restraining order.
How Do I File for a Restraining Order in Union County, NJ?
If you fear for your safety, you should obtain a temporary restraining order. Temporary restraining orders are issued by the Union County Superior Court Domestic Violence Intake Office, located at 2 Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ 07207 on Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
If it is an emergency and you need to obtain a temporary restraining order at any other time, you should go to your local police department, the police department where the perpetrator resides, or a police department in the place where the domestic violence occurred.
After obtaining a temporary restraining order, you can obtain a final restraining order for which there will be a hearing in the Union County Superior Court, Family Division, which handles domestic violence cases. The Court is located at the same address as the Domestic Violence Intake Office at 2 Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ 07207. For additional information about the Union County Family Division, visit their website.
If you need emergency housing or assistance, there are many resources available for victims of domestic violence in Union County, NJ. If you are experiencing domestic violence and need to find emergency shelter in a place you feel safe or any other service, you can contact the 24 hour, 7 days per week New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233).
Seeking a Restraining Order in Union County, New Jersey?
If you are a victim of domestic violence and need to obtain a restraining order in Union County, NJ, contact the attorneys at William Proetta Criminal Law for immediate assistance. Our experienced restraining order lawyers will walk you through the process and help you get protection as soon as possible. Our phone are answered 24/7, so contact us today at (908) 838-0150.