What to Know About Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey

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New Jersey takes accusations of domestic violence very seriously. Read on to learn more about domestic violence accusations, the process of obtaining a restraining order, and what you need to know about false accusations.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is often portrayed a certain way in the media. In reality, domestic violence can take many forms. Anyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality can be a victim of domestic violence. While domestic violence is usually thought to be physical violence, there are many other forms. Some examples include: 

  • 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?

If the police come to your house on a call regarding an incident of domestic violence, you will most likely be arrested. From here, there is a very good chance that there will be a Temporary Restraining Order placed against you, which will restrict you from seeing the individual who you are accused of abusing, as well as your child, if you have a child with that person. Generally within 10 days, you will attend a hearing during which the court will determine whether your restraining order should be made permanent. It is important to have a skilled attorney at this hearing. If the court finds you guilty of domestic violence, you will be issued a Final Restraining Order and you will most likely face criminal, as well as civil penalties. This means that you will be prohibited from seeing the individual who accused you of domestic violence, as well as your children. Additionally, it is possible that you will spend time in jail.

False Accusations

The majority of domestic violence accusations are true. But, in some cases, individuals may attempt to take advantage of the system and falsely accuse someone of domestic violence. If you are facing false accusations, you will need a strong legal team on your side. These accusations can have a major impact on your life, including jail time and a criminal record. Domestic violence charges are taken incredibly seriously in New Jersey. As a result, it is important that you contact an experienced and dedicated attorney right away.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding domestic violence charges in New Jersey, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm.

Contact our Firm

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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