Domestic violence accusations are taken very seriously in New Jersey and even a simple accusation will harm an individual’s future, even if the accusation is false. Domestic violence matters are often very complex and emotional, which law enforcement recognizes. If charged and convicted of committing acts of domestic violence, an individual can face a number of consequences, including the following:
- Jail time
- Lose custody and visitation rights with children
- Banned from owning firearms
- A lifelong criminal record
In an effort to crack down on domestic violence, New Jersey enacted the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991. The purpose of the act is to protect parties in domestic relationships from violence against each other. Some of the offenses that are considered domestic violence include simple assault, harassment, sexual assault, terroristic threats, stalking, and homicide. “Domestic” relationships can include:
- Those in a dating relationship
- Those who are not married or dating but share one or more children together
- Individuals who live together
- Married couples
- Parties who were once married but are now separated
- Parties who were once married but are now divorced
When an individual reports domestic violence, they have the option to pursue criminal relief as well as civil relief. If the alleged victim decides to request civil relief, the court will typically issue a Temporary Restraining Order and then make a decision as to whether a Final Restraining Order is necessary at the hearing. However, if the victim decides to press charges criminally, the case will proceed accordingly to determine if the accused party is guilty.
If you require assistance with a domestic violence matter, contact Rem Law Group today.