What to Know About Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Domestic violence is more common than most people realize. This is partially because domestic violence does not always look the way it does on TV. In reality, anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, etc. New Jersey takes accusations of domestic violence very seriously. Read on to learn more about what occurs when someone is accused of domestic violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence does not always look the same. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to spot. Some forms of domestic violence include:Β 

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

Methods of Relief

New Jersey offers two kinds of relief for victims of domestic violence:Β 

  • Civil Relief: This is an immediate intervention with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). When a TRO is issued, the accused abuser may be kept away from his or her home, children, and be prevented from acquiring a gun. When it is in effect, it can only be lifted by the court once they determine whether or not a permanent restraining order is necessary.
  • Criminal Relief: When an abuse victim files for a Temporary Restraining Order, they may also choose to press criminal charges against their abuser.

What if I am Facing Domestic Violence Charges?

If the police come to your house on a call regarding an incident of domestic violence, you will most likely be arrested. From here, there is a very good chance that there will be a Temporary Restraining Order placed against you, which will restrict you from seeing the individual who you are accused of abusing, as well as your child, if you have a child with that person. Generally, within the next few days, you will have to attend a hearing. During this hearing, the court will determine whether your restraining order should be made permanent. If they find you guilty of domestic violence, you will be issued a Final Restraining Order and you will most likely face criminal, as well as civil penalties.

These penalties mean that you will be prohibited from seeing the individual who accused you of domestic violence, as well as your children, and you may spend time in jail. These charges are incredibly serious. If you are facing domestic violence charges and need an attorney who can fight for your rights, look no further. We are here to help.

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.