Hunterdon County NJ Restraining Order Lawyers
The restraining order defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm recently helped another client walk out of court without a final restraining order. This case took place in the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Part, in Hunterdon County. Our client was accused of harassment and stalking, and the plaintiff obtained a temporary restraining order based on those two alleged predicate acts of domestic violence. After meeting with our client, reviewing the evidence and then having a conference with the plaintiff, we were able to come to a mutually acceptable civil restraints agreement between the parties that the defendant would no longer contact the plaintiff. Most importantly, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the temporary restraining order as part of the civil restraints agreement.
The parties in this case had dated for about five years, but then things fizzled out. Our client then allegedly sent an excessive amount of harassing emails to the plaintiff. As in many cases, one party knew that the relationship was done, but the other did not and was persistent in trying to get some closure. When we first met with our client, he brought hundreds of emails to show that his intentions were good: he had no purpose to harass the plaintiff, he simply wanted to get together and talk things out. In fact, the plaintiff had even responded to some of the emails. The problem from the plaintiff’s perspective, however, was that the emails were excessive and crossed the line. From our client’s point of view, he simply wanted to talk about their relationship status. After initially meeting our client, we reviewed all of the emails and prepared our client for a final restraining order hearing. Then, on the morning of trial, the plaintiff indicated to the court that she wanted a final restraining order. However, we requested an opportunity to conference the case with the plaintiff, obviously in the absence of the defendant, to discuss possible alternatives to a final restraining order, particularly a civil restraints agreement.
In most cases, plaintiffs want one thing: to be left alone. Sometimes that outcome can be achieved by a consent agreement for civil restraints, or a contract between the parties that there will be no more contact or communication. In this case, the parties negotiated a detailed agreement that made the plaintiff feel safe and prevented the need to have a final restraining order entered against our client. Thus, the temporary restraining order was dismissed and our client did not have to get fingerprinted and inputted into the domestic violence database.
If you have been served with a temporary restraining order in New Jersey and you are facing a final restraining order, contact the Flemington NJ restraining order defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm to learn more about what can be done to fight a restraining order and how to possibly avoid a final restraining order by working out a civil restraints agreement. Our attorneys are available immediately to assist you at 201-556-1571 and the initial consultation is always provided free of charge.