Somerset County Domestic Violence Lawyer
Also Serving Somerset, Morris, Union County, Middlesex & Essex Counties
If you’ve experienced violence at the hands of a member of your family, you can take action. There are legal steps you can take that deter the aggressor from harming you again. If you need help, Lane & Lane, LLC can be your guide through the process of obtaining an order of protection or through neglect and removal proceedings. We’re the Somerset County domestic violence lawyers you want for compassionate legal assistance. Continue reading to receive more information about our services and to learn the laws of domestic violence in NJ.
If you need legal help for domestic violence, call (908) 259-6673 to request a free consultation.
Who Can be a Victim of Domestic Violence?
Various criminal behaviors constitute domestic violence if they are committed against a close family member or a person the aggressor lives with.
The following people can be charged with domestic violence in New Jersey:
- A spouse or former spouse
- A member of the same household, either currently or ever in the past
- A boyfriend, girlfriend, or former boyfriend/girlfriend
- The other parent of your child
If any of these people has ever harassed, stalked, assaulted, threatened, criminally restrained, kidnapped, or forced unwanted sexual contact on you, or trespassed or broken into your home, you have a basis for a domestic violence charge and for filing for an order of protection.
We are also able to provide legal defense for false allegations of abuse.
What Legal Remedies May You Seek As a Victim of Domestic Violence?
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you have the right to file a civil complaint under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence act of 1991,” P.L. 1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et al.), along with a criminal complaint. It is advised to file these immediately, as the civil complaint is designed to protect you and the criminal complaint is designed to punish the abuser.
What is a Temporary Restraining Order?
A temporary restraining order is issued by a judge who is satisfied that demanding circumstances exist enough to excuse the failure of the victim to appear personally and that sufficient grounds for granting the temporary restraining order have been shown. This is usually for victims who need immediate protection from someone until the court hearing.
Orders of Protection
An order of protection, frequently called a restraining order, prohibits the aggressor from contacting the victim. The order may restrict all contact or prevent the aggressor from coming to the victim’s home, school, or place of employment. The order may be temporary or may become final and permanent after a hearing.
Orders of protection can also prohibit the aggressor from owning a firearm. Consequences for violating a protective order may include contempt of court, fines, and jail time.
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