Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey | What to Know

The state of New Jersey does not take domestic violence charges lightly. If you are facing charges of domestic violence, it is important to understand what to expect. To learn more about what occurs when someone is accused of domestic violence, continue reading and reach out to our Middlesex County domestic violence attorney.

How is domestic violence defined?

Domestic violence can be incredibly difficult to spot, as it does not always look the same. Some of the most common forms of domestic violence include the following:

  • Controlling behavior
  • Terroristic threats
  • Harassment
  • Physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Homicide

What are the methods of relief offered to victims of domestic violence?

There are two types of relief that are offered to victims of domestic violence in New Jersey:

Civil Relief:Β Civil relief refers to an immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). A TRO will require the accused abuser to be kept away from the alleged victim’s home and children, and will possibly be prevented from acquiring a gun. A TRO can only be lifted by the court when they determine if a permanent restraining order is necessary or not.

Criminal Relief:Β Criminal relief refers to the abuse victims filing for a Temporary Restraining Order and pressing charges against their abuser which will allow them to gain criminal relief.

What will happen if I am facing domestic violence charges in New Jersey?

You will likely be arrested if the police are called to your home regarding an incident of domestic violence. Next, you will likely have a Temporary Restraining Order placed against you. This will restrict you from seeing the individual who accused you of domestic abuse as well as your child if you share a child with this individual. You will likely have to attend a hearing within the next few days where the court will determine if your restraining order should be made permanent. If you are found guilty of domestic violence, you will be issued a Final Restraining Order as well as criminal and civil penalties which may include jail time.

If you are facing domestic violence charges and require the assistance of aΒ Middlesex County domestic violence attorneyΒ do not hesitate to give our firm a call today. Our legal team is prepared to explore all avenues of defense on your behalf.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges,Β contact the Law Offices of Michael A. PolicastroΒ today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.