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When Harassment Leads to Filing a Restraining Order

By Sarah Jacobs, Esq.

Morristown Harassment and Restraining Order Attorneys

Protecting Clients across Florham Park, Hanover, Madison, Randolph, Tewksbury, Morristown, and Morris County

Morristown Harassment and Restraining Order AttorneysDomestic Violence is a systemic problem affecting people across all socio-economic levels regardless of gender and sexual orientation. Harassment is a type of domestic violence, whereby the aggressor purposely commits acts of aggressive behavior and exhibits alarming conduct or repeated acts that are intended to alarm or seriously annoy another; causing immediate danger to a person or their property.

New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19), outlines a wide variety of actions which constitute domestic violence. When a person becomes the victim of any of these nineteen separate acts, they may seek relief from these actions of violence or abuse through a protective order known as a “Restraining Order”.  The crime of harassment is one of these acts, and the most frequently used basis for granting a restraining order in New Jersey.

If you are the victim of harassment or domestic violence and need immediate protection from your abuser, or if you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence and are in need of legal representation, Jacobs Berger, LLC is here for you. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients successfully through the entire restraining order process. With extensive experience helping clients across Florham Park, Hanover, Madison, Randolph, Tewksbury, Morristown, and Morris County with all manner of domestic violence and restraining order issues, we are ready to put our knowledgeable, effective, and compassionate legal service to work for you today.

Our family law team is prepared to thoroughly investigate your unique situation, and present highly effective and informed arguments to the court which protect your safety, freedoms, and legal future.

Contact our firm today to discuss your unique needs and situation in a strategic planning session.

Signs to Identify Harassment in Morris County

New Jersey harassment statute N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, is one of the most frequently charged offenses in municipal court. In order to commit the crime of harassment, a person must intend to harass another person. One possibility is if someone communicates with you via phone or text at inconvenient or extremely unreasonable hours or uses offensive language. These types of actions may be done anonymously. Offensive contact includes acts that are insulting, or embarrassing to you, such as hitting, kicking, touching, and pushing. These actions can be considered harassment whether you have been injured or not. In addition, threatening to do any of these acts may also be considered harassment.

Whether harassment is done using email, regular mail, in-person, or numerous other means to communicate a message from the abuser to you (e.g., dating app, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, company intranet message board, etc), the intention of the communication is to alarm or annoy you.

If someone repeatedly does things that are meant to scare or seriously annoy you, that person may also be guilty of harassment.

Types of Relationship That Must Exist For Harassment To Be Considered Domestic Violence in New Jersey

  • A married couple
  • A separated couple
  • A divorced couple
  • Two parties living within the same household, or have previously lived in the same household
  • Two people who are dating, or who have dated in the past
  • Two people who have a child in common, or are expecting a child

Relief from Harassment via Filing a Restraining Order

Hanover, NJ Harassment, Domestic Violence and Abuse Lawyers

A restraining order is a powerful legal tool for those who fear being harmed by their harasser, or who wish to put a stop to harassment. In the state of New Jersey, restraining orders are issued by both civil and criminal courts. This is in partly because domestic violence can have different types of impacts. Civil restraining orders are generally issued in response to requests that arise from domestic violence situations. Often the applicant is not necessarily looking for the harasser to be jailed, simply relief from harassment. 

Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s) are capable of providing the same restrictions and protections as any Final Restraining Order. As a highly expedited court process, it is important that all parties involved in a Temporary Restraining Order dispute quickly secure experienced legal representation. TRO’s can:

  • Prevent the abuser from contacting the victim, their family, or their employers
  • Prevent the abuser from coming within a certain distance of the victim, their family, or their employers
  • Require the abuser to leave a shared home, even if the home is in the name of the accused abuser

Contact Our Morris County Harassment and Restraining Order Lawyers Today

At Jacobs Berger, our attorneys have extensive experience handling harassment and restraining order issues, and helping clients across Madison, Randolph, Florham Park, Hanover, Tewksbury, Morris County, and throughout New Jersey to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders, secure permanent legal protection from domestic violence, and defend themselves from false allegations of such charges and the life-long consequences Restraining Orders can have.

Whether you are in need of protection from an abuser, or have been wrongly accused of domestic violence and need to protect your rights and freedoms, our firm has over 25 years of combined family law experience, and is prepared to provide you with the knowledgable, highly effective, and compassionate legal counsel that you need and deserve in matters so important to your physical safety and legal future.

To schedule a comprehensive and confidential consultation with our attorneys today, please contact us online, or through our Morristown, NJ office at 973-710-4366.

Contact Our Morristown Attorneys Today

At Jacobs Berger, our attorneys are experienced in protecting our clients across Madison, Randolph, Tewksbury, Morristown, and the greater Morris County area in all family law-related issues.

To schedule a strategic planning session with one of our experienced team members regarding your particular case, please contact us online or through our Morristown, NJ office at (973) 354-4506.