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Do I Need A Lawyer For A Restraining Order?

Under the New Jersey Domestic Violence Act, anyone who has encountered harm in an incident of domestic violence may file for a restraining, or protective, order from the alleged abuser.

Victims of domestic violence are those who are related to the abuser by:

  • Marriage, including separation or divorce
  • Living under the same roof
  • Dating relationship
  • A child in common
  • Expecting a child together

The restraining order may be filed in family court or at the police station. While the New Jersey court has a self-help center, their staff is limited and cannot give you legal advice. Their answers about your options may be frustrating or confusing.

At the Law Offices of Peter G. Aziz & Associates LLC, our skilled lawyers will help you through the entire process, from questions about an order of protection to your final restraining order.

Restraining Orders Can Be Complex

Many people do not realize the complex nature of restraining orders, which can involve both family law issues and criminal charges, depending on the types of accusations. Two separate cases are the result, one in family court and the other in criminal court.

If you have been served a restraining order, your custody and visitation rights to your children during a divorce may be affected.

Additionally, you may face other serious repercussions, including:

  • Having to pay the other side’s attorney fees
  • Immigration and travel issues
  • Trouble obtaining a professional license
  • Fingerprinting and booking as in a criminal charge
  • Revocation of your right to own a gun

Without experienced attorney representation, you are at an enormous disadvantage. You need a lawyer who can help from both criminal and civil perspectives to help prevent these types of outcomes.

Protect Yourself And Your Rights

Before filing a restraining order, or if you have been served a restraining order, call us at 973-869-5765 right away for a free consultation. You can also complete our online form. At the Law Offices of Peter G. Aziz & Associates LLC, we have extensive experience assisting clients involved in the full spectrum of domestic violence issues.

With office locations in Clifton, Hackensack and Montclair, New Jersey, and in Port Chester and South Rye, New York, we help clients throughout New Jersey and in areas of New York.