When an individual in Middlesex County is the victim of domestic violence, it is important that they know what their options are. In Middlesex County, the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 governs the laws surrounding this type of abuse. Domestic violence can occur in relationships between spouses, couples that have divorced or separated, people who are living together, those who are dating, and those who share a child.
An individual who accuses another of domestic violence may request a Temporary Restraining Order. This will immediately result in the accused individual being banned from the home itself, from access to children, and from possessing firearms. There are two general forms of relief that the court can provide to a victim of domestic violence.
If an individual requests civil relief, the court will immediately issue a Temporary Restraining Order, as mentioned above. The court will also assess whether a Final Restraining Order is necessary.
The other form of relief that can be requested is criminal relief. This is when the victim chooses not only to file for a Temporary Restraining Order but also intends to press criminal charges for the domestic violence crime.
If you are the victim of domestic violence or believe you have been wrongfully accused of committing acts of domestic violence, contact our firm today.
If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.