Protecting Victims — and the Wrongfully Accused
A domestic violence restraining order can be used as both a shield and a sword. While these orders are intended to protect people from abuse, they can be used by a vengeful spouse to gain the upper hand in a divorce dispute.
In New Jersey, your spouse can obtain a temporary restraining or protective order against you on an ex parte basis, which means that the judge will only hear one side of the story — at least initially. The court will then schedule a hearing to determine if the order should become permanent. It is important to have an attorney represent you at this hearing. The consequences of a permanent restraining order can be devastating:
- You could be barred from owning guns or ammunition.
- You could end up being forced to stay away from your spouse, your spouse’s home and your spouse’s place of employment. Even if you own your home, you could be forced to move out.
- You could be prevented from seeing your children except under a restrictive visitation agreement.
- You could lose your job.
- A police officer who pulls you over for a traffic violation could treat you differently after finding out that you have a restraining order against you.
- If you violate the restraining order, you could go to jail.
Flemington domestic violence lawyer Stephen D. Williams has more than 25 years of experience representing victims of domestic violence and defending those who are falsely accused of abuse.
Contact A Hunterdon County Protective Order Attorney
To schedule a consultation with an experienced Flemington domestic violence lawyer, contact the Law Office of Stephen D. Williams at 908-284-0074.