Representing victims of domestic violence across NJ
Domestic violence is a very serious matter. New Jersey courts and law enforcement have acted to proactively protect the safety of residents who face violence in the home. Though relationships can be hard and heated exchanges can happen, some can cross a line. Domestic violence can impact anyone’s life. It is not isolated to a certain sex, geography, or socioeconomic status. When physical and mental abuse permeates the home, the victim should protect themselves immediately and take action to protect their future by contacting the authorities. If you are facing this terrible situation, you will need quality legal support through this matter. The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly has over 20 years of experience fighting for victims of domestic violence across New Jersey. We will work tirelessly for your future. For a consultation, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly.
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 was implemented to address the growing problem of domestic violence. The victim has the right to pursue both civil or criminal relief. You can obtain civil relief through a restraining order. At first, it will be temporary. This can be done in family court or at your local police department. Some of the reasons a person can request a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) include assault, harassment, terroristic threats, and mental abuse. A TRO functions to limit the proximity and communication of the perpetrator. New Jersey rarely denies requests for a TRO and will quickly hear the matter in court to decide if a temporary restraining order should be permanent. Once a restraining order is issued, there is no mediation or counseling available to address the issue.
Pressing criminal charges
Once a person acquires civil relief, they have the right to pursue criminal relief. If you have an active restraining order, you may take legal action to hold your perpetrator accountable for their illegal action. An attorney can act on your behalf, filing a Criminal Complaint where you reside, where the other party resides, where the incident occurred, or where you are being sheltered. It is important to retain the services of an attorney that can effectively represent you.
Contact an experienced New Jersey domestic violence attorney
If you are afraid for your safety, it is important to call the authorities and get the protection you need. Through this tough time, it is best to have legal support to protect your future. The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly has over 20 years of experience helping victims of domestic violence. If you need legal advice and representation, contact our firm for a consultation to discuss the road ahead.