Accused of Domestic Violence?
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New Jersey defines domestic violence as the commission of one of the following acts committed by an adult or emancipated minor against another person:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespass
To meet the state’s definition of domestic violence, one of the above criminal offenses must be committed against a person who is:
a current or former spouse who is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor;
a current or former household member who is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor;
a person with whom the perpetrator has a child or is expecting a child, regardless of the alleged victim’s age; or
a person with whom the defendant has had a dating relationship.
Note that a victim of domestic violence may file a complaint with the court seeking protection from the alleged offender. If the court determines that the plaintiff proved the allegations in the complaint, the terms of the order will establish terms prohibiting contact between the alleged victim and the defendant, among other guidelines.
If a person knowingly violates a term of a domestic violence restraining order, they are guilty of criminal contempt, a fourth degree crime punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, though prison time is not mandatory for a first conviction of violating a restraining order.
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If you are facing criminal charges, seek an attorney immediately for legal counsel. Whether you have been accused of DWI, drug distribution, or domestic violence, the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC can defend you. Attorney Louis G. DeAngelis will put his experience to use in your case.