How To Get a New Jersey Criminal No-Contact Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

When someone is a victim of domestic violence–whether it be stalking, threats of physical harm, or physical violence (including sexual assault)–it's natural for them to fear for their well-being. They may wonder whether the perpetrator will strike again. This is just as true for victims of criminal violence from strangers as it is for domestic-violence victims.

Our criminal justice system is designed to protect society by punishing offenders and protecting victims. When law-enforcement authorities arrest suspected attackers, New Jersey courts issue no-contact orders to make sure they won't disturb their victims again before their case is resolved. The orders forbid defendants from contacting the victim, along with any of the victim's friends or family members, by phone, text, email, social media, or any other method. The orders also forbid the defendant from coming within a certain distance of the victim's home, school, or place of work. Law-enforcement officers may seize any firearms belonging to the defendant.

Judges commonly issue no-contact orders as a condition of release on bail. The no-contact order will remain in effect if the arrestee is released on parole or probation. No-contact orders remain in place until trial or until the person is released from jail or prison. Violation of the no-contact order can lead to re-arrest and incarceration.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped many people deal with no-contact orders. He understands how the New Jersey legal system works and how no-contact orders operate. He is a powerful advocate to have on your side when you're going in front of a judge.

The Difference Between No-Contact Orders and Restraining Orders

No-contact orders have the same effect as restraining orders, but they are issued under different circumstances. A person who fears for their safety can apply for a restraining order without filing criminal charges. The matter is handled in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court/Family Division.

In contrast, no-contact orders are associated with criminal cases. However, they may also be issued in family-law cases where there has been violence or threats of violence that resulted in criminal charges. Since the defendant has already been charged with a crime, the criminal judge can issue the no-contact order without the victim needing to file a separate request. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm handle no-contact orders in both criminal law and family law matters.

No-contact orders are only lifted if the arrestee is acquitted or finishes serving their sentence, at which point the victim can request a restraining order. If the no-contact order is lifted, the Lento Law Firm team can help victims obtain restraining orders.

If you need advice about obtaining or contesting a New Jersey no-contact order, contact the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 to schedule a consultation.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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