What are the Laws Regarding Domestic Violence in New Jersey?

Domestic violence charges can be very serious as they impact the lives of many people in unimaginable ways. The state of New Jersey works hard to protect victims of domestic violence, which is why the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was adopted in 1991. The act serves those in all types of domestic relationships: married, separated, divorced, living together, dating, or sharing children. Those dealing with domestic violence charges should retain the services of an experienced New Jersey domestic violence attorney for assistance.

What is Domestic Violence?

The unfortunate reality is that domestic violence can happen to anyone. It can occur no matter a person’s gender, social status, age, or sexual orientation. Domestic violence goes beyond physical abuse and includes mental abuse. The following are examples of domestic violence:

  • Assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Burglary

How Can Victims Obtain Protection?

The state of New Jersey offers two kinds of relief for victims of domestic violence:

  • Civil Relief (Temporary/Permanent Restraining Order): This is immediate intervention accessible through the local police department and/or the family court. When the court issues a Temporary Restraining Order, the accused may be prevented from returning home and from seeing their children, and can be prevented from contacting the victim either directly or by electronic means or a third party . A Temporary Restraining Order can only be dismissed by the court. In the alternative, the court can issue a Final Restraining Order which is permanent and never expires.
  • Criminal Relief: Victims of domestic violence can contact their local police departments and file criminal charges against their accused abuser.

How Do I Combat False Accusations?

A domestic violence charge and/or conviction can do significant damage to a person’s life. A person merely charged with an act of domestic violence may be incarceration for a period of time. If a person is convicted of an act of domestic violence in criminal court, the court may impose jail, fines and penalties, and anger management classes. A criminal record has lifelong consequences. It is crucial domestic violence cases not be treated lightly. 

However, there are many wherein people are falsely accused of domestic violence. These accusations can severely harm a person’s reputation and future, which is why it is important to never make false accusations. If you have been accused of domestic violence, contact an experienced domestic violence attorney to clear your name.

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If you or your loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, having an experienced criminal defense team available to advocate on your behalf is crucial. The Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. is here to help. Contact our firm today.