Bergen County Contempt of Court Defense Attorneys 

Criminal and Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers in Hackensack, New Jersey

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Contempt of Court

The highly experienced criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm have represented countless clients charged with criminal and domestic violence-related offenses, including simple assault, criminal sexual contact, and marijuana distribution. They have also assisted numerous clients charged with contempt of court for violations of restraining orders, probation violations, and other offenses in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey. With centrally-located Hackensack offices, these accomplished legal professionals appear in New Jersey courts on a regular basis, including those in Saddle Brook, East Rutherford, and Hackensack. As a result of their extensive experience in local courtrooms, Mr. Tormey and his defense team have developed a well-regarded reputation among prosecutors, judges, attorneys, and most importantly, former clients. To read some of their client reviews, click here. And if you or someone you love has been charged with contempt of court in New Jersey, contact the law offices of The Tormey Law Firm anytime at (201)-330-4979. Our attorneys are pleased to provide free consultations and to answer all of your case-related inquiries.

Contempt of Court in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9

Contempt charges in New Jersey are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9, which provides, in pertinent part:

§ 2C:29-9.Contempt.

a. A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if he purposely or knowingly disobeys a judicial order or hinders, obstructs or impedes the effectuation of a judicial order or the exercise of jurisdiction over any person, thing or controversy by a court, administrative body or investigative entity.

b. Except as provided below, a person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if that person purposely or knowingly violates any provision in an order entered under the provisions of the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et al.) or an order entered under the provisions of a substantially similar statute under the laws of another state or the United States when the conduct which constitutes the violation could also constitute a crime or a disorderly persons offense. In all other cases a person is guilty of a disorderly persons offense if that person knowingly violates an order entered under the provisions of this act or an order entered under the provisions of a substantially similar statute under the laws of another state or the United States. Orders entered pursuant to paragraphs (3), (4), (5), (8) and (9) of subsection b. of section 13 of P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-29) or substantially similar orders entered under the laws of another state or the United States shall be excluded from the provisions of this subsection.

As used in this subsection, “state” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. The term includes an Indian tribe or band, or Alaskan native village, which is recognized by a federal law or formally acknowledged by a state.

Violation of a Restraining Order in New Jersey: A Criminal Contempt Charge

One of the most common causes of contempt charges in New Jersey involved a person who violates a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) or a Final Restraining Order (FRO) that has been issued by the court. Violating a restraining order in New Jersey is a disorderly persons criminal offense, which is punishable by the following:

  • Fine: Up to $1,000.00.
  • Jail: Up to six (6) months in the county jail.
  • Probation: A lengthy period of probation can be imposed by the court.
  • Criminal Record: Disorderly Persons Offense on permanent criminal record.

Call the Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, NJ Today for a Free Consultation

If you have been charged with contempt in New Jersey, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for representation. For additional information and a free consultation about your contempt of court case, please contact us anytime at (201)-330-4979, or use our online contact form. Our Hackensack office is conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, just steps from the Hackensack Municipal Court and Bergen County Superior Court. One of our criminal defense attorneys will be happy to discuss your case over the phone or to schedule an appointment to meet with you in person.


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