Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey | Here’s What to Know

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As you may know, those who’ve been accused of domestic violence have a lot on the line. Often, a domestic violence accusation can ruin familial relationships, tarnish a person’s good name, and warrant years of incarceration. Anyone accused of domestic violence in New Jersey will be subject to punishment under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, and if you are currently facing such charges, you need our experienced Bergen County criminal defense lawyer on your side. Here are some of the questions you may have about domestic violence charges in NJ and how we can help you fight them:

How is domestic violence defined under New Jersey law?

Domestic violence is defined as a crime of violence against someone with whom a person is married, separated, or divorced. Domestic violence can also occur between two people who are dating, living together, or who have a child together. If you are charged with committing any of the following acts against any of the aforementioned parties, you will most likely face domestic violence charges:

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

What happens if I am convicted of domestic violence?

Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, victims of domestic violence are entitled to seek both civil and criminal relief from their alleged abusers. Civil relief will come in the form of a restraining order. Courts will most likely issue a temporary restraining order immediately, and if they determine the act of violence truly occurred, they will issue a final restraining order, preventing the abuser from coming in contact with the victim or their family. The victim can also file criminal charges, such as those of assault, which can warrant years of incarceration, among other potential penalties.

Do I need an attorney if I am charged with domestic violence?

Anyone facing domestic violence accusations should absolutely never proceed without the assistance of an experienced attorney. Our firm can work to prove that the allegations against you were either exaggerated, taken out of context, or flat-out lies. Wrongful accusations of domestic violence are not uncommon, and if you are being wrongfully accused, you need a firm that can fight to clear your name and keep you out of jail.


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