How do I file a “no-contact” order against someone?

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How do I file a “no-contact” order against someone?

My previous landlord is constantly harassing me for the money I owe. I’ve already made a verbal and written contract with him accepting that I owe him money and will make an effort to pay every month. He still calls and texts me trying to squeeze more money out of me. I am tired of this person’s harassment and just want to send him the payments without him contacting me directly. Can I file for a no contact order? Would it help to have a witness (a former tenant of his that is also being badgered for money) who says they know this person to be harassing?

Asked on June 29, 2011 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You can file criminal charged for harassment against your former landlord. Harassment is generally considered to be a disorderly person's offense. The possible sentencing exposure is up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. If he continues in the harassment you may be able to get a restraining order directing him to have no contact with you. At this point you should consult directly with a criminal law attorney in your area.


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