If you or someone you love has been served with a restraining order, you will probably go through a ton of different emotions – shock, confusion, anger, and frustration. The hardest part about being served is trying to figure out what to do next. In Bergen County, you'll be required to attend a hearing at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. Hiring an experienced attorney to work on your behalf and attend the hearing with you will ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
Types of Restraining Orders
There are two types of restraining orders law enforcement could serve you with in Hackensack – temporary and final restraining orders.
Temporary Restraining Orders
Temporary restraining orders (TRO) are short-term attempts to separate the defendant from an alleged victim of domestic violence. When someone reports domestic violence, the police officers involved will give them the option to file for a TRO. Law enforcement officials will serve a TRO and inform the defendant of the initial hearing date. Usually, TROs have an expiration date of around ten days – which is when the initial hearing is set for.
Final Restraining Orders
Final restraining orders (FRO) are more permanent forms of protection for the alleged victim. At the initial hearing, a judge will determine if a FRO is necessary based on three things: (1) the parties were in a domestic relationship, (2) the defendant committed a predicate act of domestic violence, and (3) the judge found there's an immediate need for the FRO to prevent further domestic violence.
Possible Consequences of a Restraining Order
If the court finds your restraining order is necessary, you could experience several other consequences in conjunction with this determination. For instance, your child or spousal support awards or child custody issues may also be finalized. A FRO determination can also affect where you can live and how soon you must move out of your current residence. Further, you will be fingerprinted, photographed, placed into a police database, and owe certain fees to the court.
Hackensack Restraining Order Hearing
Individuals served with a restraining order in Bergen County will have to visit the Bergen County Justice Center at 10 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 for adjudication. Make sure you arrive early – attending a restraining order hearing is a stressful event; arriving early will ensure you have ample time to park and find the courtroom. It will also give you time to compose yourself and ask your attorney any questions you might have.
How a Knowledgeable Restraining Order Attorney Can Help
A skilled attorney will work diligently to create a strategic defense plan that will ensure the hearing's best possible outcome. At the Lento Law Firm, attorney Joseph D. Lento and his team are experienced attorneys who work diligently to protect your current and future rights from unnecessary infringement. Call 888.535.3686 today to schedule your consultation. A restraining order hearing can be an overwhelming process; having an attorney there to walk you through it is crucial.