Domestic Violence Lawyers
Confidential And Considerate Representation For Victims Of Domestic Violence
Unfortunately, many relationships can involve domestic violence. Domestic Violence often consists of physical violence, emotional abuse, stalking, harassment, and other forms of abuse.
A “victim of domestic violence” is defined as a person who is either:
- a present or former spouse who is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor;
- a present 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 victim’s age;
- a person with whom the perpetrator has had a dating relationship.
Further, New Jersey defines “domestic violence” as the commission of one or more of the following criminal offenses, when committed against one who qualifies as a “victim of domestic violence”:
- Criminal Mischief;
- Criminal Restraint;
- Criminal Sexual Contact;
- Criminal Trespass;
- False Imprisonment;
- Sexual Assault;
- Stalking; and
- Terroristic Threats.
How To Get A Restraining Order In New Jersey
The first concern is, if and when possible, to make sure you are safely removed from the environment where the abuse occurred and/or that proper authorities have been notified. The next step is to file for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”). Though determined by the circumstances, a TRO could prohibit the perpetrator from returning to the location of the abuse, require for a search of the location for weapons, or prohibit the perpetrator from possessing firearms or deadly weapons. Many people are able secure temporary restraining orders without a lawyer.
However, as it is only temporary, a final restraining order (“FRO”) must then be obtained, if needed. The process for seeking such a final restraining order is much different. Before a Judge will issue a final order, there must be a hearing wherein both the victim and the accused will have the opportunity to present evidence, witnesses, and testify themselves. You must be mindful that, if you represent yourself, the Court treats all litigants as if they have the knowledge and practice of an attorney, and you are expected to know the rules of court, rules of evidence, and both federal and state laws.
This is also a process where you only get the one opportunity to make your order final and permanent. That is why it may be highly beneficial for you or your loved one to seek the advice and counsel of a knowledgeable attorney who is experienced in seeking and obtaining permanent restraining orders.
Further, you may seek charges be brought against the perpetrator
How Domestic Violence Attorneys Can Help
Hoffman DiMuzio attorneys are available to provide you with counsel and support on how to seek justice and take steps to ensure you are safe and protected. The consultation and your communications with the firm are completely confidential. Contact us today and set up a consultation to meet with an attorney at one of our six locations in the area. To schedule a consultation, please call our offices at 856-637-3000, or fill out the form found below.
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Six Convenient NJ & Philadelphia Law Office Locations
Meeting with a lawyer experienced in domestic violence cases here in South Jersey is easy with our six convenient locations. We will schedule a consultation at the office location that is nearest you.
Hoffman DiMuzio’s domestic violence attorneys will meet you at any one of it’s convenient law offices in New Jersey or Philadelphia. Pictured clockwise from left to right: Woodbury, Franklinville, Turnersville, Philadelpia, Sewell, Mullica Hill.
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