Monmouth Lawyer For Domestic Violence Complaints
Like no other area of the law, domestic violence (DV) complaints carry with it the unfortunate statistic of being the most abused weapon unfairly and illegitimately dropped like a bomb on thousands of unsuspecting and naïve men in New Jersey. Literally thousands upon thousands of manufactured and trumped up false charges of domestic violence (DV) complaints are filed in New Jersey every year. Sadly, in a majority of these cases, the facts do not support the charges and the result is one where men are falsely accused of acts they never committed. These often false accusations can at the very least greatly disrupt a man’s life, and at its worst destroy his reputation forever because he could face:
- Eviction from his home
- Heavy fines
- Possible jail time
- Changes in child custody and visitation that prevent him from contacting his children
- Difficulty getting a job
- Seizure and forfeiture of legally possessed firearms
- Loss of permits and licenses to possess firearms and inability to obtain them
- Loss of job and/or reassignment at work in law enforcement and/or military positions
If you are a man accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, the Law Offices of Douglas I. Krompier is here to help. We will vigorously advocate on your behalf to protect you from these devastating and often irreversible consequences.
Protecting Your Career
When you apply for employment, the background searches most likely will show that you were arrested and fingerprinted for a domestic violence charge. Often, dependent upon the position you apply for, companies do indeed check credit rating information and Department of Motor Vehicle records. In today’s economy companies have the luxury of hiring from hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants. If a job applicant has questionable marks on the criminal background search, then in many instances that person’s resume will get discarded or that promotion will be but a fleeting vision. Even more devastating is the permanency of a conviction for Domestic Violence, as it requires your name to be included on a Domestic Violence list that is part of the public record. Unlike other states, New Jersey’s adjudication of Domestic Violence having been found creates a lifetime inclusion on that list. Even in cases that are decades old, the stigma and restrictions will follow you forever.
Timelines in Domestic Violence Cases
When a domestic violence complaint is filed, a temporary restraining order (TRO) is typically issued by the court. The accused person will have the TRO served on them within 24 hours. From there, the accused must begin immediately building a defense, because the final hearing happens in only 10 days or less.
Our firm often asks for more time to prepare a defense when necessary. But we want you to know that the TRO will remain in effect until the final hearing takes place. The TRO might prevent you from going home or restrict access and/or communication to your children, both directly or indirectly. The proper course of action is something we will discuss when you get in touch with us, which should be immediately. Most importantly, as soon as you learn of the TRO being issued, you must not communicate with your accuser or your children if they are named on the complaint. Be advised that the bar is set very low in the state of New Jersey for an accuser to have a judge issue a TRO. That judge can be either a municipal court judge or a superior court judge in the family court.
What Can Be Considered Domestic Violence?
A domestic violence complaint has to be specific as to when the alleged incident occurred and must contain the woman’s version of events. The complaint must allege that the DV is based on:
- Terroristic threats
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal restraint
- Criminal trespass
Contact a Monmouth County Domestic Violence and Divorce Lawyer
Contact our law office in Freehold for domestic violence representation in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Ocean County and beyond.