Domestic Violence Attorney in Ocean County
Strong Legal Defense for Domestic Abuse Clients
Under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, individuals are
protected from all forms of domestic violence, including physical or emotional
abuse and threats of violence. If you believe you have experienced domestic
violence from a spouse, former spouse, partner, current or former household
member, or the parent of your child or expected child, it’s vital
that you reach out to an Ocean County domestic violence lawyer who can
help. Additionally, if you have been accused of this action it is equally
important you seek legal protection ASAP.
At Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group, we are here to provide you
with the legal support you need during this difficult time, offering open
communication, answers to your questions, and a plan of legal action.
Whether you are the victim or accused of committing this crime, our team
of skilled Ocean County domestic violence attorneys are here for you.
We are dedicated to providing sound legal advocacy and guidance to all
Are you or a loved one dealing with domestic violence?
Contact us to find out how we can help.
What Is Considered DV?
Any instance of domestic violence (DV), no matter how small or insignificant
never deserved, and it is often never expected. In fact, individuals may have
a hard time identifying abuse even when it is happening to them. This
is relatively common and, at Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group,
we believe that identifying abuse is the first step toward taking legal action.
According to the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, there
are several situations that qualify for temporary or final restraining order.
- Sexual assault
- Terrorist threats
- False imprisonment
Our Ocean County domestic violence lawyers are here to help you understand
the legal options of your case. We can help you through the process of
filing a restraining order, limiting, or entirely preventing the other
person involved from contacting you in any way. We can also take actions
to request temporary custody orders to protect children from exposure
to further abuse.
Restraining orders, whether temporary or final, can also limit and place
restrictions upon the abuser’s parenting time, and may even stipulate
that the individual receives various forms of treatment. If you are a
victim of domestic violence and are concerned about your own well-being
and the safety of your children, contact our firm right away. We are sensitive
to the needs of domestic violence victims, as well as those accused of
What Can I Expect From a Domestic Violence Case?
Most domestic violence cases are resolved without going to trial. Here’s
what you can expect in a typical case:
Arraignment - After the complaint has been filed, the defendant is ordered to go to
court and plead either “guilty” or “not guilty."
If a second court date is scheduled after the arraignment, the defendant
and his or her domestic violence attorney will appear before the judge
for a pre-trial.
Pre-trial - By this time, the prosecutor will have met with the defendant and his
or her attorney to review the evidence that acts of violence have been
committed against the petitioner. During the pre-trial, the prosecutor
will recommend a particular sentence to the judge in exchange for either
a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.”
If the defendant pleads “guilty” at either the arraignment
or the pre-trial hearing, there will be no trial. However, if the defendant
refuses the prosecutor’s offer during the pre-trial, then a date
will be set for a trial.
How Do Most Domestic Violence Cases End?
Domestic violence cases typically result in a judge entering a restraining
order against the respondent. It is unlikely that first-time domestic
violence offenders will go to jail. Instead, they are typically required
to enroll in a counseling program and placed on probation for a year,
during which they will need to show proof of enrollment and completion
of the program. If the defendant does not follow through with the orders,
then he or she may face jail time.
The accusation of domestic violence is serious and something the court
does not take lightly. It's important you contact our domestic violence
attorneys in Ocean County to help you build your defense. Our lawyers
can help you gather evidence, proof, and/or witnesses to support your
case. Our attorneys provide our clients with aggressive advocacy and will
do everything we can to secure a positive outcome.
Call us at
(732) 585-1651 today to schedule your initial consultation. Our team is here to provide
you with the compassionate legal support you need.