In New Jersey, domestic violence charges are taken very seriously. As a result, it is important to understand the process you will go through if you are facing domestic violence charges. Read on to learn more.
What is New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act?
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 is designed to better protect victims of domestic violence by giving them two options of relief: civil relief, as well as criminal relief. Civil relief generally results in a restraining order, while criminal relief allows the alleged victim to press criminal charges against the abuser. In New Jersey, domestic relationships are defined as follows:
- Married parties
- Separated parties
- Divorced parties
- People who live together
- Dating couples
- Individuals who share a child or children
In New Jersey, domestic violence can include:
- Simple assault
- Sexual assault
- Terroristic threats
Domestic violence does not always look the same. Anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence, regardless of age, sexuality, race, gender, socio-economic status, and so on.
What happens if I am convicted of a domestic violence charge?
If you are charged with domestic violence, the victim will obtain a Temporary Restraining Order against you. This will mean you cannot see the victim or your children, if you have kids with this person. Generally, within the next few days, a hearing will be held to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent. Finally, if the alleged victim chooses to press charges, you may spend years in jail, as well as having to pay heavy fines for any wrongdoing you are found guilty of committing. In addition, you will also obtain a criminal record, which may follow you for years down the road. These charges are serious. As a result, it is important that you speak with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney right away.
If you are facing domestic violence charges in New Jersey, contact our firm. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through all of your criminal law matters. Do not hesitate to reach out and speak with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
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