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Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey | What to Know

The state of New Jersey takes domestic violence charges very seriously. If you were accused of domestic violence, you will experience long-lasting detrimental effects on yourself and your future. If you believe you were falsely accused, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to fight for you and your rights. The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway has years of experience in the field and is ready to support you. Continue reading to learn more about domestic violence in New Jersey.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, social status, age, or sexual orientation. Signs of domestic violence are not always violence. Examples can include:

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

What options for relief are available to domestic violence victims?

The state of New Jersey takes domestic violence very seriously. Victims of domestic abuse can obtain two different types of relief:

  1. Civil Relief: This provides immediate relief to victims. This is usually issued as a temporary restraining order and prohibits the alleged abuser from going near the victim’s home, children, or work. Additionally, this restraining order prevents alleged abusers from acquiring a gun. This order can only be lifted by the court when the court decides whether or not a permanent restraining order is necessary.
  2. Criminal Relief: This allows victims to press criminal charges against the alleged abuser. Jail time may be one of these charges.

What can happen if I am faced with a domestic violence charge?

If the police are called and come to your house, it is highly likely that you will be arrested at the scene. After that, it is likely that there will be a Temporary Restraining Order issued against you, which will restrict you from going near the individual that accused you of abuse, and your child if you have a child with that person. Within the next few days, you will have to attend a court hearing to determine whether the restraining order should be lifted or remain permanent. If you are found guilty, you will be issued a Final Restraining Order and you will likely face criminal and civil penalties.

If you were charged with domestic violence, it is highly recommended that you seek legal assistance from an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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