What Are New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Laws?

New Jersey passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act in 1991 to protect victims of abuse. The Act protects those in certain types of relationships, including married, separated, or divorced individuals, people who are living together, dating, or who have a child in common. Domestic violence is a serious matter and can severely impact a person’s life. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for assistance with your case.

What is Domestic Violence?

Acts of domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, social status, age, or sexual orientation. For the Domestic Violence Act to apply, the actor and victim must have one of the above-referenced relationships AND one of the following offenses must be charged:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal restraint
  • False imprisonment Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Criminal coercion
  • Robbery

What Means of Protection Are Available?

Victims of domestic violence in New Jersey can obtain two different types of relief:

  • Civil Relief – Restraining Order: A restraining order provides immediate relief to victims. The order can prohibit the alleged abuser from going near the victim or the victim’s home, having contact with the victim or other third parties, and potentially financial assistance for children of the relationship. A temporary restraining order may be issued initially and then the parties would have an opportunity for a judge to hear all the facts and decide whether the order should become final.
  • Criminal Relief – Filing criminal charges: A victim can contact the police department and report the incident. The police will investigate and determine whether criminal charges should be filed against the actor.

How do I Defend Myself Against False Accusations?

Domestic violence accusations carry significant consequences, ranging from financial penalties, having to move out of your home, jail time, and a criminal record. These consequences have lifetime implications. False accusations of domestic violence should never be made. However, there are people who still take advantage of New Jersey’s strict laws. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact an attorney to clear your name and protect your future.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

If you have recently been charged with a crime, you need knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Our firm has helped countless individuals navigate the complex legal system for years, and we are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you deserve and need to move on with your life. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how our firm can assist you through this difficult time.