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Legal Information: New Jersey

Restraining Orders

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July 14, 2020

What happens if the respondent violates the order?

If the respondent violates an extreme risk protective order, s/he can be convicted of a crime of the fourth degree.1 A person convicted of a fourth degree crime could face:

  • a permanent felony charge on his/her record;
  • potential probation;
  • up to 18 months in State Prison;
  • up to 364 days in the county jail; and/or
  • up to a $10,000 fine.2

1 N.J. Stat. §§ 2C:58-29; 2C:29-9(e)
2 N.J. Stat. §§ 2C:43-3; 2C:43-6