Domestic Violence Is A Serious Issue. We Can Help.

Domestic violence includes many criminal acts between two people who either live together or are in a romantic relationship or were in such a relationship in the past. The actions can include assault, stalking, terroristic threats or even burglary. The charges are serious and have a serious impact on both parties. A protection order can affect your right to own a firearm or ammunition, your right to live in your home and your parenting rights. It can also affect your employment.

Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or someone has accused you of domestic violence, you need the guidance and representation of a skilled attorney to protect your rights. At Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A., we represent both accusers and the accused in these situations. We understand what is at stake for both sides. We have been helping Bergen County residents with family law issues since 1978, and we will use our experience, along with our focused, personal attention for each client to guide you through this difficult time.

Types Of Restraining Orders

There are two main types of restraining orders in New Jersey for domestic violence situations:

  • Temporary restraining order: Victims of violence can obtain a temporary restraining order based on his or her testimony alone. The court will hold a hearing to determine if a temporary order should become permanent.
  • Permanent restraining order: In order to make the restraining order permanent, the court must find that an act of domestic violence took place that made the victim afraid for his or her safety.

The court considers many factors when considering a restraining order. The stakes are high for both sides. You should have an experienced attorney assisting you in these situations.

Emotions Run High During A Divorce

We often see false accusations of domestic violence during divorce and custody disputes. Emotions can get the best of people and interfere with their better judgment. Even if you do not agree with an allegation made against you, you must abide by the restraining order. Do not contact the alleged victim. If you violate the restraining order, the police may arrest you, put you in jail and charge you with a crime. Leave all communications to your attorney. 

Don’t Face A Restraining Order Alone

Whether you are trying to obtain a restraining order or fight one, don’t face this issue alone. Contact Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A., today for a free initial phone conference. Call our Englewood Cliffs office at 201-500-8914 or send us an email. We also have an office location in Manhattan, if that is more convenient for you.

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