Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey | What to Know

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New Jersey has no tolerance for domestic violence. In 1991, the state enacted The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act to provide protection for victims of domestic violence. This act provided victims civil relief, which results in a Temporary Restraining Order, and criminal relief, which refers to pressing criminal charges against the abuser. Regardless, this charge can have long-lasting effects on you and your family extending past your time in jail or paying fines. If you have questions or concerns regarding domestic violence, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at The Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. today. If you were falsely accused, it is crucial to retain legal assistance to protect your rights and your future.

What is domestic violence in New Jersey?

Domestic violence can take many forms and can include various types of relationships. Although many may think that domestic violence is thought to be physical violence, there are many other types as well. Some include, and are not limited to:

  • Controlling behavior
  • Terroristic threats
  • Harassment
  • Physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Stalking Homicide

What happens if I am charged with domestic violence in New Jersey?

The first offense of a domestic violence charge in New Jersey will likely result in a Temporary Restraining Order issued against the accused abuser. Additionally, if the police are called, the accused abuser will also likely be arrested. A Temporary Restraining Order will restrict the abuser from seeing the victim, as well as any involved children between the two parties. Typically, within 10 days, the accused abuser will attend a court hearing where the court will determine whether the Temporary Restraining Order should become permanent. If the court finds the abuser guilty, they will be faced with a Final Restraining Order and will likely face criminal and civil penalties. The abuser may spend time in jail and will be prohibited from seeing the victim or any of the children.

What if I was falsely accused?

Most domestic violence accusations are true. However, in some cases, individuals may attempt to take advantage of the system and want to harm the other person by falsely accusing them of domestic violence. If you believe you were falsely accused of domestic violence, it is in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney at The Vigilante Law Firm to help you clear your name and protect your future.

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The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you protect your future when so much is on the line. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can assess the specific circumstances surrounding your lawsuit.

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