Somerset County Domestic Violence Attorneys
We Can Help You Get a Restraining Order in Somerset County
At DeTommaso Law Group, we strive to provide effective legal services for individuals who are going through challenging times. Our family law team helps those facing domestic violence seek the protection they need.
Have you been abused or had reason to fear for your safety and well-being because of the abuse of a partner, ex, or member of your household? Our domestic violence lawyers in Somerset County are here to help.
What to Do if You Are Abused
If someone close to you or who lives in your home has committed an act of domestic violence against you, then there are two steps you should take.
First, if you are in immediate danger, call the police by dialing 9-1-1. Second, when you are not in immediate danger, contact a domestic violence lawyer right away to discuss your legal options, such as getting a restraining order. The restraining order lawyers at Detommaso Law Group can help!
What Does a Restraining Order Do?
As a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to apply for a restraining order. In New Jersey, a restraining order will force an abusive person to:
- Move out of the house (if you live together)
- Stay away from you
- No longer contact you in any way
- Stay away from your children, if you have any
Types of Restraining Orders in New Jersey
In New Jersey, there are two types of restraining orders – a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and a Final Restraining Order (FRO). Here are the differences:
- Temporary Restraining Order (TRO): Can be obtained immediately and are issued on a preliminary basis
- Final Restraining Order (FRO): 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.
Contact a restraining order lawyer from our firm to learn more about getting a restraining order in 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)
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.