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

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Domestic violence allegations can tear a family apart, ruin a person’s reputation, and even warrant time behind bars. If you’re facing domestic violence charges, you need an experienced New Jersey domestic violence lawyer on your side. Read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about these charges and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is classified as domestic violence in New Jersey?

The first thing you should understand is that domestic violence can occur between people of any gender, sexual orientation, or race, and it is not always in the form of physical violence. Sometimes, domestic violence can come in the form of emotional abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse, and more. If a person takes an act of violence against their spouse, a member of their household, or a romantic/dating partner, they have committed an act of domestic violence.

What are the penalties for being convicted of domestic violence in New Jersey?

When someone is accused of committing an act of domestic violence, they will face a wide array of potential penalties. First, you should note that when police respond to a call regarding an incident of domestic violence, they will have to determine whether the call is legitimate within a matter of minutes, and will rarely leave without making an arrest. From here, a person accused will most likely have a Temporary Restraining Order placed against them. This will prevent them from coming into contact with the person they allegedly abused, and at times, the alleged victim’s family, such as their child, as well.

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act allows victims of domestic violence to pursue both criminal and civil legal action against the alleged abuser. This means that after you receive a Temporary Restraining Order, you will attend a hearing where the alleged victim can work to make the restraining order permanent by proving they are a victim of domestic violence. In many cases, you can also face criminal charges for assault or harassment, depending on the nature of the alleged abuse. Upon conviction, you may face jail time, high fines, and more. Our firm is here to shield you from these charges–all you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

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