Domestic Violence Attorneys Morris County, NJ
Protecting Clients across Madison, Randolph, Florham Park, Hanover, Tewksbury, Morristown, and Morris County
Domestic violence and abuse can take many forms, between parties with a variety of different types of relationships. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) of 1991 defines domestic violence as not only being physical violence but emotional and financial as well.
Along with these definitions, the PDVA also provides several options for abuse victims to secure legal protection from further acts of abuse, including securing a Temporary Restraining Order and later, a Final Restraining Order. Unfortunately, these same options are often used as a sword, rather than a shield.
At Jacobs Berger, our attorneys have extensive experience providing strong and compassionate legal representation to men, women, and children in domestic violence disputes across Madison, Randolph, Hanover, Florham Park, Tewksbury, and the greater Morris County area. Whether you are in need of protection from domestic violence, or have been wrongly accused of domestic violence and need to defend your rights and future in a Final Restraining Order hearing, our firm is ready to provide you with the effective and knowledgeable legal service that you need in matters so important to your safety, and your future.
Contact our firm today to discuss your unique needs and situation in a comprehensive and confidential case assessment.
What Acts Constitute Domestic Violence in New Jersey?
Madison, NJ Domestic Violence and Abuse Lawyers
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act defines both which actions constitute domestic violence, and what kind of relationship needs to exist in order for these actions to be considered domestic violence.
The eighteen acts listed in the PDVA which constitute domestic violence or abuse are:
- Terroristic threats
- False Imprisonment
- Criminal restraint
- Sexual Assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal Trespass
- Criminal coercion
- Contempt of a restraining order
- Any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury
In addition to these actions, in order for violence or abuse to be considered domestic violence, it must occur between:
- A married couple
- A separated couple
- A divorced couple
- Two parties living within the same household, or have previously lived in the same household
- Two people who are dating, or who have dated in the past
- Two people who have a child in common, or are expecting a child
Finally, the accused party must be 18 years of age or older or a legally emancipated minor.
Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders in New Jersey
Morris County, NJ Restraining Order Attorneys
When a party believes they need legal protection from actions of domestic violence or abuse, they can file what is known as a Temporary Restraining Order. TRO’s can provide immediate protection for the victim of domestic violence or abuse, and by design, can be secured with very little hard evidence of said violence or abuse. This allows for victims to easily secure immediate protection but also opens the door for many individuals to be falsely accused of domestic violence.
Recognizing both the need for easy-to-secure temporary protections for abuse victims, as well as the potential for abuse by angry, jealous, or unstable partners, all domestic violence restraining order petitions are placed on an expedited legal track, meaning anytime a TRO is issued, a Final Restraining Order hearing will be scheduled for a time shortly thereafter, usually within 10 days of the issuance of the TRO.
Final Restraining Order hearings are highly critical legal hearings due to the fact that New Jersey Final Restraining Orders once issued, last indefinitely. This means that the victim of domestic violence can secure legal protection for as long as they feel is necessary, while the accused party faces the potential of lifelong consequences and legal restrictions. Since most FRO hearings will take place within 10 days of the TRO being issued, it is extremely important that you seek experienced legal representation as quickly as possible in order to have sufficient time to prepare, investigate, and present the best possible case to the court.
Contact Our Morristown Domestic Violence Lawyers Today
At Jacobs Berger, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients across Madison, Randolph, Florham Park, Hanover, Tewksbury, Morris County, and throughout New Jersey to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders, secure permanent legal protection from domestic violence through a Final Restraining Order, and to defend themselves from false allegations of domestic violence and the life-long consequences Final Restraining Orders can have.
With over 30 years of combined family law experience, our firm is ready to provide you with the knowledgeable, highly effective, and compassionate legal service that you need and deserve when it comes to domestic violence matters, and the impacts they can have on your life.