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What to Know About Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey

Domestic violence is a serious offense in New Jersey. Read on to learn more about domestic violence and what happens if you are facing charges.

What is Domestic Violence?

Acts of domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of their gender, social status, age, or sexual orientation. It is important to note that signs of these acts are not always physical. Examples can include:

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

What Means of Protection Are Available?

In the state of New Jersey, victims of domestic violence can obtain two different types of relief:

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

What if I am Facing Domestic Violence Charges?

If the police come to your house on a call regarding an incident of domestic violence, you will most likely be arrested. From here, there is a very good chance that there will be a Temporary Restraining Order placed against you, which will restrict you from seeing the individual who you are accused of abusing, as well as your child, if you have a child with that person. Generally, within the next few days, you will have to attend a hearing, during which the court will determine whether your restraining order should be made permanent. If they find you guilty of domestic violence, you will be issued a Final Restraining Order and you will most likely face criminal, as well as civil penalties.

These penalties will mean that you will be prohibited from seeing the individual who accused you of domestic violence, as well as your children, and you may spend time in jail. New Jersey takes domestic violence charges very seriously. As a result, it is important to contact an experienced attorney right away.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, contact our firm to speak with a seasoned and dedicated criminal defense attorney.


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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