Abusive relations and miscommunicating terms between partners might lead to the interference of the court, handing over restraining orders. A restraining order in New Jersey is also known as a protection or no-contact order. They are handed over by the court when a person alleges to be in danger of immediate harm. These orders may direct any particular party to avoid placing contact with certain individuals, in most cases, the victim.
Any sort of restraining order, be it even a temporary one, should not be taken lightly. If you think the order and the claim are false, you should not take action into your hand, and contact a lawyer to deal with the legal side of the matter.
Listed below are a few steps that you should follow in dealing with a restraining order.
Read the order thoroughly, and do not try to violate what has been told to follow. There is a chance that the claims leading to the restraining order are fake, but there will be time to deal with those matters. The violation of the orders can lead to serious consequences.
Important points to note from the order:
- Find the date when the next court hearing has been scheduled.
- Read about the allegations that have been launched against you.
- Note the rights that you possess.
Contact a lawyer who can deal with restraining orders. Yes, you can opt to represent yourself in the courtroom without the help of a lawyer, but the lack of lawful knowledge, possessed by the common mass, in most cases, can lead to a state of confusion in the courtroom, eventually leading to misplacement of the lawsuit. Thus the presence of an experienced attorney will not do any harm but good for your legal defense.
Gathering shreds of evidence, and documentation of facts is one of the tasks that you and your lawyer should perform as soon as possible.
- Try to get your hands on physical evidence that can relate to certain situations, connecting to the case.
- Collect any documents or records that can provide a base for your lawsuit. For example, emails, call records, GPS status, etc.
- Try getting in touch with possible witnesses.
A restraining order can be difficult to deal with, both legally and emotionally. But if not on the wrong side of things, don’t be afraid to take a stand for yourself. And remember, the presence of an experienced lawyer will provide you with an upper hand.