Have you been served with a restraining order in Monmouth County? Then you will need to visit the courthouse in Freehold Borough for adjudication. Finding out you've been charged with a restraining order can be overwhelming for anybody, which is why having a skilled attorney by your side is so important. An experienced attorney will know the best approach to ensure the court upholds your rights.
Types of Restraining Orders
Restraining orders tend to be overwhelming because most people are entirely blindsided about why they are being served. There are two different types of restraining orders that will be adjudicated in Freehold Borough: Temporary and Final.
Temporary Restraining Orders
If you've been served with a temporary restraining order (TRO), then an individual has made a complaint that some form of domestic violence has occurred between the two of you. After this incident is reported, the individual can request a TRO to prevent you from contacting or approaching them. A TRO is a short-term order, usually with an expiration date, that acts to prevent interactions between you and the individual until the court has time to determine proper next steps. Generally, law enforcement officials serve a TRO, which will state the final hearing date (usually within ten days).
Final Restraining Orders
Final restraining orders (FRO) are issued, if necessary, during the hearing for the TRO. For a judge to issue a FRO in Freehold Borough, they must find three things: (1) the parties were in a domestic relationship, (2) the defendant must be found to have committed a predicate act of domestic violence, and (3) the judge has found there is an immediate need for a restraining order so that it can avoid future incidents of domestic violence.
What Are the Potential Consequences of a Restraining Order?
Both types of restraining orders, TRO and FRO, require strategic defense plans to ensure the defendant is not subject to overly harsh consequences that, in the case of a FRO, can be permanent. A FRO can have sweeping effects depending on the domestic relationship between the victim and the defendant. For instance, the terms related to the FRO can include custody determinations, removal of the defendant from a shared space, how the defendant can get their personal property back from the alleged victim, and even how much support the defendant must provide. Additionally, the defendant will be photographed, fingerprinted, and recorded into a police database and subject to certain fines. Further, depending on your career, a FRO could inhibit your ability to keep your job or be promoted.
Restraining Order Hearing in Freehold Borough
If you've been served with a restraining order in Monmouth County, you will head over to the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold Borough at 71 Monument Park, Freehold, NJ 07728. Make sure to arrive early so you have enough time to park and find the particular courtroom you've been assigned to.
Experienced Freehold Borough Restraining Order Attorney
Having an experienced Freehold Borough attorney on your side will ensure that you have done your best to protect yourself from alleged domestic violence charges. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm team are skilled criminal attorneys who work vigilantly to create specific defenses with the best case outcome in mind. Call 888.535.3686 today to schedule a consultation. Don't try to navigate this serious issue alone. The Lento Law Firm can help.