Family ties are thought to be the most private and enduring relationships in society. As most can attest, however, these relationships are rarely free from conflict. 

Trust The Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers At Our New Jersey Office 

There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about domestic violence. To understand what your options are, it is helpful to understand what domestic violence is, and is not.

  • Domestic violence applies to more than married couples. It applies to boyfriends and girlfriends, same-sex couples, family members and those who were in an unmarried relationship but have a child together.
  • Domestic violence is an equal-opportunity offense. Men and women of all races and income levels may be charged with domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence can be charged in criminal court, civil court or both, and both sides are entitled to an experienced domestic violence attorney.
  • Domestic violence does not automatically include restraining orders or orders for protection, but it can

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, prevalent in many relationships and may include harassment, assault, terroristic threats and sexual abuse. If you or someone you love has been physically or emotionally abused by their spouse, relative, boyfriend, girlfriend or roommate, you should contact the police and an experienced lawyer who can inform you of your rights. Our dedicated attorneys will work to obtain an Order of Protection from the court to ensure you and your loves one physical safety. 

We also represent either the plaintiff (the one charging domestic violence) or the defendant (the one charged with domestic violence).

Our entire staff understands the sensitive nature of domestic violence and will strive to provide you with peace of mind throughout the proceedings. Should you require additional support beyond the legal realm, we can refer you to other professionals and resources to address all of your needs and begin the healing process.

Crimes and offenses that fall within the purview of Domestic Violence in New Jersey include the following:

Homicide N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1
Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1
Terroristic threats N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3
Kidnapping N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1
Criminal restraint N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2
False imprisonment N.J.S.A. 2C:13-3
Sexual assault N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2
Criminal sexual contact N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3
Lewdness N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4
Criminal mischief N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3
Burglary N.J.S.A. 2C: 18-2
Criminal trespass N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3
Harassment N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4
Stalking N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10

In addition to being charged for a criminal complaint, you may also have to appear in Family Court to support or defend the restraining order action.

A TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) can be issued by the local courts but can only be made final by a Family Superior Court Judge. This is called a FRO (Final Restraining Order) and has many implications besides not having contact with the victim including prohibition from possessing any weapons, order to attend anger management and financial penalties. 

Please note: Our domestic violence law firm can represent either the plaintiff (the one charging domestic violence) or the defendant (the one charged with domestic violence).

The way our domestic violence lawyers handle this issue will depend upon our client’s goals. Does he or she wish to save the marriage? Does one parent fear for his or her safety or that of the children? Can the couple no longer live together amicably and one partner wishes to force the other out of the home?

Depending on your situation, our criminal defense attorneys will offer you different options. At our law firm we represent clients with the following issues related to domestic violence:

  • Child abuse
  • Division of Child Protection and Permanency, hereinafter known as D.C.P.P. matters *formerly know as DYFS
  • Final restraining orders
  • Megan’s Law
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Temporary restraining orders
  • Violation of restraining orders

 Sexual Assault Temporary Protective Order(s)

This is similar to a temporary restraining order.  These matters are heard in the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part of the county in which the plaintiff (alleged victim) was granted this order.  These matters move swiftly, often being scheduled to appear before a Judge within days of being served.  For an same day free consultation, please contact the experienced defense attorneys at Sitzler and Sitzler (609) 267-1101.  

If you are being charged with Domestic Violence, or have been the victim of Domestic Violence, we can help residents of charges in New Jersey, particularly in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Ocean, Mercer, and Cape May Counties contact the Sitzler and Sitzler Law Offices today at (609) 267-1101.