Domestic Violence Attorneys in Somerset County
Helping You Get the Protection You Need
At DeTommaso Law Group, we strive to provide effective legal services for individuals who are going through challenging times. Our divorce and family law attorneys help those facing domestic violence seek the protection they need.
If you have been abused or fear for your safety and well-being because of a current or former partner or household member, our domestic violence lawyers in Somerset County are here to help.
For fast and professional legal representation, call (908) 274-3028 today. We proudly serve clients in Morris, Middlesex, Hunterdon, and Union Counties as well as the entire State of New Jersey.
What Is Domestic Violence?
New Jersey laws offer protection to individuals who have suffered an actual or threatened act of physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse at the hand of a current or previous family or household member.
Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA), acts of domestic violence include:
- Homicide N.J.S.2C:11-1 et seq.
- Assault N.J.S.2C:12-1
- Terroristic threats N.J.S.2C:12-3
- Kidnapping N.J.S.2C:13-1
- Criminal restraint N.J.S.2C:13-2
- False imprisonment N.J.S.2C:13-3
- Sexual assault N.J.S.2C:14-2
- Criminal sexual contact N.J.S.2C:14-3
- Lewdness N.J.S.2C:14-4
- Criminal mischief N.J.S.2C:17-3
- Burglary N.J.S.2C:18-2
- Criminal trespass N.J.S.2C:18-3
- Harassment N.J.S.2C:33-4
- Stalking P.L.1992, c.209 (C.2C:12-10)
- Criminal coercion N.J.S.2C:13-5
- Robbery N.J.S.2C:15-1
- Contempt of a domestic violence order pursuant to subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:29-9 that constitutes a crime or disorderly persons offense
- Any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury to a person protected under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et al.)
- Cyber-harassment P.L.2013, c.272 (C.2C:33-4.1)
Filing for a Restraining Order in Somerset County
If you believe that a person in your household has committed an act of domestic violence against you, there are two things you should do. First, if you are in immediate danger, call the police. Second, when you are not in immediate danger, contact DeTommaso Law Group right away to discuss your legal options.
As a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to apply for a restraining order.
In New Jersey, there are two types of restraining orders:
- Temporary restraining orders: Can be obtained immediately and are issued on a preliminary basis
- Final restraining orders: May only be entered after a hearing where the individual is found to have committed an act of domestic violence. In an effort to protect victims, the courts try to resolve these matters as soon as possible, usually holding the hearing within 10 days of the complaint being filed.
Helping the Wrongfully Accused
Our Somerset County domestic violence attorneys also offer legal assistance for those who have been accused of a domestic violence act. Our legal professionals can work to ensure that your rights are protected.
Call DeTommaso Law Group today at (908) 274-3028 to receive the effective legal advocacy you need during this distressing time.