Contempt for Violation of Restraining Order Morris County NJ
Arrested for Contempt – Need Lawyer Morristown NJ
Do you need a lawyer for a contempt of court charge in Morristown? We can help.
The Morris County NJ restraining order attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm recently helped another client avoid contempt charges and having a final restraining order entered against him in Morris County. Not only was our client facing a final restraining order, he was also accused of violating the initial temporary restraining order, which is a criminal offense. After the client hired the domestic violence defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm, we not only succeeded in getting the restraining order dismissed but we also successfully defended the contempt charge, resulting in a dismissal and no criminal record.
A temporary restraining order is taken very seriously by the police, the prosecutor’s office, and court. In fact, if you are served with a temporary restraining order you will be required to appear in family court within ten days for a final restraining order hearing. Additionally, if you violate a temporary restraining order, you will be charged with contempt and the county prosecutor will pursue the case against you. In our recent client’s case, he was served with a temporary restraining order and then accused of having his friend call the plaintiff, asking her to drop the restraining order. Accordingly, he was charged with a disorderly persons offense of contempt, which carries a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
After being retained, the restraining order defense attorneys went straight to work to build a defense on behalf of our client: we issued subpoenas for surveillance footage where the alleged domestic violence took place, we contacted potential witnesses to undermine the plaintiff’s case, and we accumulated information to prove that our client did not violate the restraining order. In the end, the plaintiff dismissed the temporary restraining order against our client, with a consent order for civil restraints and the prosecutor dismissed the contempt charges.
Contempt of Court Charges in Morris County, New Jersey
Most importantly, our client avoided being fingerprinted, entered into the New Jersey domestic violence registry and having a criminal record for a contempt conviction. If you have been served with a temporary restraining order or accused of violating a restraining order and charged with contempt, you probably have many questions about how to fight the allegations. That’s where the experienced Morristown NJ domestic violence defense attorneys at our law firm can help. We have successfully defended countless restraining order and contempt cases and we’re ready to put our expertise to work defending you.