What Are New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Laws?

New Jersey passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act in 1991 to protect victims of abuse. This covers all individuals in domestic relationships. This includes married, separated, or divorced individuals. It also includes people who are living together, dating, or who share children. Domestic violence can severely impact a person’s life, which is why it is a matter that is taken very seriously. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense attorney for assistance with your case.

What is Domestic Violence?

Acts of violence can happen to anyone. This is regardless of their gender, social status, age, or sexual orientation. Signs of abuse are not always physical. Other examples of this type of violence can include:

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

What Means of Protection Are Available?

Victims of domestic violence in New Jersey can obtain two different types of relief:

  • Civil Relief: This provides immediate intervention to victims. Once issued, the alleged abuser is prohibited from going near the victim’s home, children, and cannot acquire a gun. This order can only be lifted by the court if it is decided a permanent restraining order is needed.
  • Criminal Relief: This allows a victim of domestic violence to press criminal charges against the accused abuser.

How do I Defend Myself Against False Accusations?

These accusations carry significant consequences, such as jail time and a criminal record. These can affect a person for the rest of their life. It is because of this that false accusations of domestic violence should never be made. However, there are people who still take advantage of New Jersey’s strict laws. This may be the case in situations where one party wants to have power over the other. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact an attorney to clear your name and protect your future.

Our firm is here to help all those wrongfully accused of crimes here in New Jersey, and if you’re one of them, you need to speak with us today. We are here to fight for you, every step of the way.

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