New Jersey Domestic Violence Attorneys
Every 8 minutes and 52 seconds, a domestic violence incident occurs in the state of New Jersey, and 28% of the time, children are involved. Domestic violence is not as uncommon as many might think. If you feel that you are or can potentially be a victim of domestic abuse, know that you don’t have to be just another statistic. We are dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence, and to your protection. Aggravated assault, false imprisonment, sexual assault, and other types of abuse are serious matters, and no one deserves to be treated that way, regardless of the reasons or apologies that accompany the violence.
The experienced domestic violence attorneys at Gallo & Gallo are committed to upholding your right to safety in your own home. If you are concerned that you or a loved one are in danger, you can and should take legal action to protect yourself. Whether it’s obtaining a protective order, obtaining legal protection, obtaining legal protection for disabled adults, or acting on behalf of minors, our dedicated New Jersey family law attorneys are here for you.
Call Gallo & Gallo at (201) 330-4228 for a Free Consultation with our Experienced New Jersey Domestic Violence Lawyers.
Defining Domestic Violence
It is not uncommon for people to be confused about whether or not what they are experiencing is legally considered domestic violence, or even abuse. Emotional abuse, mental abuse, and verbal abuse may be grounds for a divorce, but they may also be the warning sign of greater violence to come. Abusers can often be extremely manipulative, not only confusing you, but also controlling situations around you in order to mask their actions and control outward perception. There are many different forms of abuse, and we can help to protect you, your children, and other loved ones who you believe are in an unsafe situation within their home.
We are very concerned with your protection, and will take all measures possible to protect you from the potential backlash of seeking help. Under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, our dedicated domestic violence attorneys can help you find a legal safe haven from the violence you face.
Obtaining an Order of Protection
Protective orders and restraining orders are court orders that prohibit an abuser from getting near, contacting, or communicating with the victim for a specified period. They are usually issued to protect victims of domestic violence. New Jersey recognizes two types of restraining orders: temporary and final. A temporary restraining order stays in effect until the next court hearing, and it can be made permanent as a final restraining order if the court deems it necessary.
While it does not take much to get a temporary restraining order, a final restraining order requires firmer evidentiary basis. The court will need to look into the existence of the following factors:
(1) whether a predicate act of domestic violence has occurred; (2) parties have a qualified domestic relationship under the act; and (3) if the victim is in reasonable fear for their safety and that a restraining order is necessary to ensure their safety.
By working with an established family law attorney, you can steer yourself, your children, and your loved ones out of harm’s way. Gallo & Gallo specializes in handling domestic violence cases specifically in the state of New Jersey, and we can assist you in urgently securing the legal protection that you need when you need it.
Protective Order Violations
Restraining orders are taken very seriously by New Jersey law, and failing to obey a protective order can warrant criminal charges for contempt, requiring a criminal defense. A conviction for criminal contempt as a result of a domestic violence act could mean up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. A second charge means a mandatory 30-day jail term. We understand criminal law, and as a trial lawyer, can help to protect you even if your case moves from a family law matter to a domestic violence criminal case, or even potentially a federal crime, depending on the particular circumstances surrounding the situation. We are even experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys, so we know what to expect from the opposition, and can be prepared with adequate, compelling testimony to support you.
If you have questions about restraining orders and possible violations, it is important that you have a trusted domestic violence law firm on your side so that you have a clear understanding of the legal implications of your situation. Contact the family law offices of Gallo & Gallo for a dedicated legal representation from a supportive domestic violence attorney.
Free Consultation with a New Jersey Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you believe that your safety or the safety of your family are at risk because of domestic violence, contact a New Jersey domestic violence attorney right away. We can define the courses of action that are available to you as well as help you set up protective measures. Gallo & Gallo can give you honest, practical answers to your questions. New Jersey domestic violence laws can protect you and your loved ones, and we can help you get the protection you deserve.
Call Gallo & Gallo at (201) 330-4228 for a FREE Consultation with a Domestic Violence Attorney!