In Domestic Violence Cases, A Temporary Restraining Order Is Often Involved

Have you been physically assaulted by someone you live with? Are you in fear of your life? Is your safety in jeopardy? Do you need protection? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably need a restraining order. On the other hand, if you've been charged with domestic abuse or someone has filed a temporary restraining order against you, you need someone who can defend your rights.

Peter has represented individuals on both sides of the fence. If you're dealing with a domestic abuse problem, whether you are the victim or the accused abuser, Peter can help by explaining the process in graphic detail and accompanying you in court.

Call Peter G. Aziz & Associates LLC at 973-778-4911 for a free initial consultation.

What Is Domestic Violence?

People are often confused about what domestic violence is because they may assume it only applies between spouses or other romantic relationships. However, that is not the case. The New Jersey Domestic Violence Act explains that domestic abuse can happen between anyone who is living together, such as significant others, relatives or even a brother and a sister.

The act further says how state courts will handle these simple assault charges when they are brought. Simple assault charges can be brought against someone for punching or slapping someone else. Domestic violence can also involve other forms of physical harm and abuse.

Family Law And Criminal Law Sometimes Intersect

This is a complex area of law because of the crossover in cases between family law and criminal charges. What most people don't realize is that one incident can result in having to go to trial for two separate cases because there are two charges involved. Each charge is reviewed in a separate court, as follows:

  1. For the restraining order, the parties will need to appear in family court.
  2. For the assault charges, the parties will need to appear in criminal court at either the municipal or superior level, depending on the degree of the accusation.

If you are a defendant facing domestic violence charges, your lawyer will want to know if there were any witnesses. What proof may be used against you? If you are the victim, your attorney will also want to know if there were witnesses to the assault and any other proof you may be able to provide to build your case. When domestic violence occurs, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, no matter which side you are on.

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If you are involved in spousal abuse as the victim or if you're facing charges and need assistance with a domestic violence case, call 973-778-4911. You can also reach our office via email. The firm has two convenient locations in Clifton and Hackensack.