Toms River NJ Restraining Order Lawyers
Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys in Ocean County, New Jersey
Domestic violence is often referred to as a “quasi-criminal” matter in New Jersey, as these cases can involve both criminal and civil components. In a domestic violence case, the defendant can face a restraining order, as well as criminal charges for offenses such as simple assault, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, stalking, or harassment. Restraining orders and criminal convictions can each spell severe implications that interfere with your ability to freely interact with your children, live in your own home, and legally own guns. Additionally, a criminal conviction may result in penalties such as incarceration, fines, probation, community service, and other collateral consequences of a criminal record, including damage to your reputation and social stigma.
Firm founder William A. Proetta, and his team of skilled Ocean County restraining order lawyers regularly handle a wide range of domestic violence issues. If you are facing domestic violence criminal charges, a restraining order, or both, we can help. Our knowledge and experience is extensive in this area, as we have successfully resolved countless matters involving:
- Simple assault
- Terroristic threats
- Temporary restraining orders (TRO)
- Final restraining orders (FRO)
- No contact orders
- Violations of restraining orders
- Vacating final restraining orders
- Setting bail in domestic violence cases
What To Expect in Your New Jersey Domestic Violence Case
What to expect from the courts: Depending on the severity of the charges against you, as well as the specific circumstances surrounding the incident, cases involving domestic abuse in New Jersey may be adjudicated in different venues. If you are charged with an indictable offense (felony), such as aggravated assault, your case will be heard in Ocean County Superior Court located in Toms River. Conversely, if the allegations involve a disorderly persons offense, which is often referred to as a misdemeanor, then your case will be heard and decided in the municipal court in the municipality where the alleged offense occurred. In other words, if you were arrested and charged in Brick Township, you will be required to appear in Brick Township Municipal Court.
Restraining orders: Often, the alleged victim in a domestic violence case will apply for a restraining order, in addition to pressing criminal charges. In other cases, law enforcement officials will file a restraining order against the wishes of the suspected victim. Once a Temporary Restraining Order has been filed, a judge will decide whether or not to issue a Final Restraining Order at a restraining order hearing. If a Final Restraining Order is placed in effect, it will contain specific provisions and consequences to any violation of the stated provisions. Under New Jersey law, violation of a restraining order is a criminal offense called “contempt,” which may result in serious penalties if you are convicted.
Contact a Lakewood Township NJ Restraining Order Attorney for a Free Consultation
Our law firm has successfully resolved numerous domestic violence matters across Ocean County, and we understand the nuances involved in restraining order cases. If you or your loved one is facing domestic violence charges and/or a restraining order in Ocean County, contact our Toms River office at (848) 238-2100 for a cost-free consultation about your specific case. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day and seven days a week. In addition to availability on weekdays and during business hours, you can schedule a meeting with us on weeknights or weekends. We will work closely with you to build a case strategy customized to the particular facts of your case and designed to meet your needs.