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Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey | Your Legal Options

Domestic charges in New Jersey can be very serious. If you were accused of domestic violence, you can expect to face lifelong harmful effects on yourself and your future. If you believe you were falsely accused, do not wait to reach out to our Bergen County criminal defense attorney today.

How does New Jersey define domestic violence?

Unfortunately, instances of domestic violence can be seen in a variety of different circumstances that are regardless of gender, social status, age, or sexual orientation. Keep in mind that signs of domestic violence may not always be violent. Examples can include the following:

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

What will happen if I am charged with domestic violence?

If you were charged with domestic violence, you can expect several things to occur immediately after you are reported. If the police are contacted and come to your house, it is very likely that you will be arrested at the scene. After that, it is likely that there will be a Temporary Restraining Order made against you, which will hinder you from going near the individual that accused you of abuse, and your child if you have a child with that individual. Within the next few days, you will have to attend a court hearing to decide 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 encounter both criminal and civil penalties.

If you were charged with domestic violence, do not wait to reach out to our firm to have an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney on your side.

What options do victims of domestic violence have?

Domestic violence in New Jersey is very serious. Victims of domestic abuse are provided with two different kinds of relief as a result, including:

  • Civil Relief: This supplies quick relief to victims. This is usually issued as a temporary restraining order and forbids the alleged abuser from going near the victim’s home, children, or work. Also, this restraining order deters alleged abusers from obtaining a gun. This order can only be lifted by the court when the court determines whether or not a permanent restraining order is required.
  • Criminal Relief: This authorizes victims to press criminal charges against the alleged abuser. It is possible that jail time is one of those consequences.


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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