Restraining Orders

New Jersey Restraining Order Defense Attorney

Few disputes are more volatile than those between domestic partners. Sometimes all it takes is a misunderstanding for a simple domestic quarrel to escalate into a situation involving law enforcement, restraining orders, and contempt charges.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo and I have been representing clients against domestic abuse charges for over thirty-five years. I have lived in Union County all my life and opened a criminal law practice in 1973. I served as a Union County Prosecutor and Municipal Court Prosecutor which has given me a complete familiarity with the legal system, the prosecutors and the local courts. If you have been involved in a domestic dispute and would like to learn more about the charges you face, contact me at The Law Offices of Palumbo & Renaud today. Call 1-866-664-8118 for a Free Consultation. I have two Union County offices located in Elizabeth and Cranford, New Jersey and I defend clients throughout Union County in Fanwood, Berkeley Heights, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Linden, Plainfield, Garwood, Mountainside, Hillside, Westfield, Clark, and Scotch Plains.

Union County Restraining Orders

In order to obtain a restraining order in Union County, the applicant must make a showing of domestic violence before a judge. The judge may then grant a temporary restraining order ("TRO") against the defendant preventing him from various methods of contact like calling the applicant or going to the applicant's house. If the TRO is granted, a hearing will be held within 10 days to determine whether the TRO should be converted into a Final Restraining Order. While the defendant's presence is not required for the issuance of a TRO, the defendant must be present at the final hearing. A Final Restraining Order will only be issued if the judge finds that domestic violence has in fact occurred between the parties, or the defendants admits it. In New Jersey, domestic violence involves committing one of the following acts:

For more information about Domestic Violence in Union County, I encourage you to visit my Union County Domestic Violence Law page or my Domestic Violence Homepage.

Union County Contempt Violations

When a restraining order is violated, the defendant will be charged with criminal contempt. If the defendant commits an additional offense while violating the order, he will be charged with the additional offense and criminal contempt. For example, if the defendant violates the order by stalking the victim, he will be charged with criminal contempt and stalking.

Criminal contempt in domestic violence cases is a fourth degree crime which carries penalties of up to 18 months in prison and $25,000 in fines. If an individual is convicted of a second violation, that person may be charged with criminal contempt and receive a mandatory 30 days in prison. At The Law Offices of Palumbo & Renaud, I offer skilled and thorough representation to ensure that all my clients' rights are protected to the utmost degree.

For more information on the violation of restraining orders which resulted from domestic violence cases, please visit my Violation of a Restraining Order page.

NJ Domestic Violence Attorney
If you have received charges in connection with a domestic dispute, it is imperative to obtain experienced representation immediately. I have been resolving domestic dispute cases in Union County for over three decades and I will exercise the proper balance of sensitive negotiation and aggressive defense necessary to defeat your charge. Contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a Free Consultation at no obligation. I will discuss with you the charges you face and any available avenues of relief.

I am Anthony N. Palumbo of the firm The Law Offices of Palumbo, Renaud & Deappolonio, located on 190 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016 and 740 Newark Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208.