If the aggravated assault case is classified as an act of domestic violence pursuant to New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act then the alleged victim could petition the Court for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). TRO’s are civil in nature and will be handled in the Chancery Division, Family Part of the Mercer County Superior Courthouse. A temporary restraining order is separate and apart from the criminal charges despite the fact that they involve the same set of facts. If the TRO becomes a final order of protection, it would carry with it its own devastating consequences. For more information on Final Restraining Orders, including the ramifications if one is imposed, please click the link. Also, it is important to note that any testimony taken during the final restraining order hearing could be used against the defendant in certain circumstances in their criminal trial. That is one of the many reasons that we suggest you consult with an attorney about your options prior to appearing for your FRO hearing.