Representing Individuals in Domestic Violence and Restraining Order Cases in Bergen County, New Jersey

You may have just found out someone obtained a Bergen County-NJ restraining order against you or you may be trying to obtain a domestic violence restraining order against someone and are unsure if you should or what to do, the consequences, where to do so, etc. This page and several others on the site which you can search for on the right side of the page offer important information for victims and defendants. The Artusa Law Firm is experienced in all aspects of restraining order cases whether in Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Union County or beyond.

You may Need a Bergen County-NJ Domestic Violence Restraining Order Lawyer or are you trying to dismiss a New Jersey temporary  restraining order against you?  Have you been served with a Bergen County Temporary Restraining Order? Accused of harassment? simple assault? stalking? domestic violence? We can help you now!  Bergen County Restraining Order Lawyer and Hackensack Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Santo Artusa can help you now by discussing your options and defenses. Our experience in front of some of the toughest domestic violence judges in New Jersey and cases has grown our New Jersey domestic violence defense practice exponentially in recent years in Hudson, Essex, Union  and Bergen County. Contact us now on 201-706-7910.


A Bergen County final restraining order hearing is essentially a trial in front of a judge instead of a jury. Witnesses testify, get cross examined (if needed, sometimes it is better not to cross-examine a witness because the testimony, if presented well, may only be rehashed and bite you twice), evidence is presented/evidence is challenged. First the alleged victim presents his or her case and then the Defendant can cross-examine and so forth. The Defendant can then testify and then call witnesses and present evidence as well. Working with an experienced domestic violence attorney that represents individuals in Bergen County is very important for your case. Knowing how to cross-examine, when to object, how to introduce evidence and so forth are critical needs that an experienced attorney would know. Unlike criminal court, family court is very fast and requires an attorney to be able to think quick on his or her feet to cross-examine and present relevant arguments before the Judge, who decides your case. We know what to do for your case.

Many domestic violence cases and temporary restraining order defense cases in Bergen County, New Jersey involve the allegation of Harassment. Physical violence and physical abuse is not mandated to obtain a temporary and/or a final restraining order, harassment is a non-violent allegation included in the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and is taken very seriously. There is extensive case law that supports both the prosecution and defense of harassment charges in a domestic violence case, the Artusa Law Firm is very familiar and skilled in domestic violence, criminal and family law litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Whether you are scheduled to appear at 10 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey before judges: Judge Peter Melchionne, Judge Lisa Firko, Judge Wilcox, Judge Mark Janeczko, Judge Walter Skrod, Judge Gallina Mecca, Judge Magali Francois, Judge James Sattely, we can help you now and prepare your Bergen County restraining order case. Contact us in full confidence on 201-706-7910.


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You may also have a criminal law case pending from the restraining order allegations in the local Hackensack, Roselle, East Rutherford, Cliffside Park or other Municipal Court for allegations such as: simple assault, harassment, burglary, criminal mischief, sexual assault and beyond. Before a Judge can proceed with the case, you must be served with the domestic violence complaint/temporary restraining order so that you know what you are defending against. Furthermore the victim is only allowed to testify about what is written in the temporary restraining order. Going beyond that would require a request for an adjournment/postponement or the Judge can prevent the testimony from being considered. Again, you must know what you are defending against before a hearing can go forward. For others who already have a final restraining order against them in New Jersey, we can help you dismiss the final restraining order when certain conditions are met. Some Judges are tougher than others to dismiss a final restraining order but the lawyers at the Artusa Law Firm have the experience in doing so. Contact us today on 201-706-7910.

With temporary restraining order and final restraining order hearings, time is of the essence. A final restraining order can have a serious effect on your life, your job, your ability to see your children, your ability to travel, carry a gun, etc. Judges try to force litigants to finish their cases within a certain time frame leaving your ability to prepare a defense very limited, we can help, we are trained in domestic violence law and defense work. Bergen County Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Santo Artusa is well versed in domestic violence laws and court procedures to protect your interests. It is important to contact us right away so we can review the temporary restraining order to see what are the alleged incidents, if there are claimed incidents in the past, if there are police reports, hospital reports, witnesses and so on. If you have been served with a TRO (temporary restraining order), contact the Artusa Law Firm team on 201-706-7910. 

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Crimes that are covered under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act include: Homicide, Assault, Terroristic Threats, Stalking, Kidnapping, Criminal Restraint, False Imprisonment, Sexual Assault, Criminal Sexual Contact, Lewdness, Criminal Mischief, Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Harassment.  A mere finding that one of these acts has been committed may not be enough to secure a final restraining order, there are numerous factors involved in determining if a final order is needed against the defendant in favor of the victim. We will help defend your case if you seek professional restraining order representation in New Jersey.

Our team has successfully settled and tried domestic violence cases throughout the state including Bergen County, New Jersey. If your case also concerns a divorce, visit Bergen County Divorce Lawyer. Contact us today on 201-706-7910 or fill out our contact form below and we will contact you asap:

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