What Happens if I’m Accused of Domestic Violence in New Jersey?

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Few charges are more damaging to a person’s reputation and future than those regarding domestic violence. What’s worse, oftentimes, domestic violence allegations are entirely fabricated, meaning innocent men and women face criminal and civil penalties for virtually no reason at all. The state of New Jersey seeks to harshly punish all those convicted of domestic violence, which is why if you’re currently facing such charges, you need aggressive legal representation in your corner. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned New Jersey domestic violence lawyer from the Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri to learn more about the potential penalties you may face for these charges and how our legal team can help you fight them at every turn. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the definition of domestic violence under New Jersey law?

Domestic violence is loosely defined as when an individual commits a violent act against a person with whom they are either married, separated, divorced, or between two people who live together, are dating, or share a child. You should note that domestic violence can occur between any gender, at any age, and between any sexual orientation. Any of the following crimes may qualify:

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

If you’re accused of any of the aforementioned, you need to retain competent legal representation who can help fight your charges at every turn.

What are the penalties for domestic violence charges in New Jersey?

When a person is accused of domestic violence, they can expect to face a wide range of penalties. The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 gives victims of domestic violence the right to pursue both criminal and civil penalties against their abusers. This means that to start, you’ll likely have a restraining order placed against you, preventing you from coming in contact with the alleged victim, and, if you share a child, most likely your child as well. Additionally, you will likely face criminal charges, such as assault, which can land you in jail and warrant high fines, among other penalties. Rather obviously, if you’ve been accused of domestic violence, the most important thing you can do is retain competent legal representation who can fight for your future. Our firm is here to help.


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