One of the questions asked frequently these days, particularly in these difficult economic times, is how does having a Final Restraining Order entered against me affect my employment and/or my employability?

             The answer is anything but clear cut.  It is important to understand that in New Jersey, once a Final Restraining Order (FRO) is entered there is no “expiration date”.  The FRO will remain in effect until it is dismissed by the Plaintiff or dissolved by Judicial Decree.  As a consequence, someone who is now 38 and had an FRO entered when he or she was 18- 20 years old- is still under the same restraints.

            Employers vary in response to a background check that discloses an FRO.  Rules also vary from state to state, but it is also important to keep in mind that even if you have moved from the state where the FRO was entered it is still in full force and effect wherever you reside.

            In some cases, as with celebrities, Domestic Violence does not seem to affect their job or popularity.  Charlie Sheen, for example appears to be one such individual.