Domestic violence involves violence or the threat of violence, abuse or harassment against a spouse, former spouse, any present or former member of the same household, someone in a dating relationship, or someone who has, or is about to have, a child in common. Recently New Jersey’s domestic violence law was expanded to include claims of stalking.
If any of the above type of behavior occurs, victims of domestic violence have the right to go to court to seek a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to bar contact and communication between them, and (if granted) thereafter, a Final Restraining Order (entered by a superior court judge on proper facts) continuing to prevent all contact and communication between them.
Domestic violence courts in New Jersey also have the power under the criminal code to order the seizures of weapons, the removal of dangerous persons, and the prosecution of those in contempt of court orders. After the restraining order has been entered, should the order be violated, he or she runs the risk of being held in contempt, incarcerated and criminally prosecuted.
As NJ family law and divorce lawyers, Diamond & Diamond often represent clients in divorce litigation who have also been charged with domestic violence. Our attorneys recognize the devastating effects domestic violence and abuse have on families and children. When a client is truly guilty of domestic violence, we counsel him or her to receive the help they need, as we work to make sure that rights are protected and justice is served through the courts. In many cases, however, clients face vague domestic violence charges without a clear understanding of the law they may have broken.
New Jersey domestic violence law is specific about what does, and what does not, constitute domestic violence.
Here are some behaviors against a child, spouse, domestic partner, or person with whom you may have had a former relationship with, that could result in a domestic violence charge and conviction in New Jersey:
Whether the New Jersey domestic violence law firm is representing the individual filing the petition or the person defending the request for an order, the attorneys will work diligently to represent the client through the entire process. Domestic abuse issues can arise in the context of marital disputes, after a separation, or during a relationship.
Many individuals are confused about what actions constitute domestic violence. The New Jersey domestic violence lawyers at Diamond & Diamond are experienced in handling spousal abuse and domestic violence charges and can help you better understand your unique situation.
Domestic violence means the occurrence of one or more of the following criminal offenses upon a person protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act:
A domestic violence action can be very overwhelming for the family involved. Whether defending a client or filing the petition, the Essex County, New Jersey attorneys at the firm who handle child and spousal abuse issues are skilled in counseling and guiding clients through the difficult process. These attorneys are experienced in handling all elements of restraining orders, protective orders, or violations of protective orders, such as attaining or contesting:
If you or a loved one is a victim of abuse, it is essential to get legal advice as to your rights. If a temporary restraining order has been filed against you, it is important to seek an experienced lawyer immediately. For legal advice regarding Domestic Violence in Essex County, Call Diamond & Diamond
With more than half a century's experience, it's easy to see that Diamond & Diamond is the smart choice when you find yourself in need of a NJ domestic violence lawyer. Email or call us now at 973.379.9292