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Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Davis Law Firm, LLC Fight Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence in Mercer County, Middlesex County, Camden County, and Throughout NJ

Restraining orders (temporary or final) are issued with the goal of protecting those who are in danger of being victims of domestic violence. In order for a plaintiff to obtain a restraining order, they must provide grounds for the order to be issued. This includes showing that the defendant committed predicate acts of domestic violence in New Jersey.

If you are facing the possibility of a temporary or final restraining order being issued against you in New Jersey, you should contact Davis Law Firm, LLC. Our attorneys will work to defend your rights. We will ensure your constitutional rights are protected. We are committed to helping clients protect their rights and avoid the devastating consequences of having a restraining order against them.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorneys. We’re available to review your case and offer guidance on the best approach to take. When you choose us, you can rest assured that you have a dedicated and skilled team fighting in your corner.

What are Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence in New Jersey

A court cannot issue a restraining order in New Jersey without evidence that there is a need for one. The person requesting a restraining order must show that a predicate act of domestic violence occurred and that the defendant was responsible. A predicate act is one where the defendant has threatened to commit an act of violence against the plaintiff. The plaintiff must also provide evidence of a history of domestic violence to obtain the restraining order.

Predicate acts of domestic violence in New Jersey include:

  • Criminal restraint
  • Harassment
  • Assault
  • Homicide
  • Stalking
  • Terroristic threats
  • Homicide
  • Sexual assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • False imprisonment
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Criminal trespass
  • Criminal coercion
  • Robbery
  • Cyber harassment
  • And other types of offenses involve the risk of serious bodily harm or death to a person that is protected under the ‘Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1981.

Protection Orders in New Jersey

Temporary or final restraining orders in New Jersey are issued to prevent domestic violence. They are assigned with the goal of protecting:

  • A current or former spouse or member of a household
  • An individual that is currently or was formerly in a relationship with the defendant
  • A person that the defendant has a child with or will soon have a child with.

When the protection orders are given, the defendant must refrain from contacting the victim, their family, friends, co-workers, and more. The defendant may even be required to attend and complete counseling sessions.

Many people take restraining orders for granted. However, these orders can have a devastating impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Restraining orders affect:

Your job

You may have to report the restraining order to your employer as well as to your professional licensing board. This may result in you losing your job or professional license. You may not be able to make a living or be forced to look for a new job.


You may lose custody of your children. You may not be allowed to see your children as often or may be required to have supervised visits.

Other rights

Restraining orders will have an impact on some of your rights. For example, you may have your weapons taken from you.

Your psychological state

It can be hard to continue living your life with a restraining order on your neck. Restraining orders can have a social stigma. You may lose friends or even family support as a result. You may find it difficult to cope with having your rights and privileges taken away.

Contact Davis Law Firm, LLC to work with our experienced attorneys and protect your rights and freedom.

Contact Davis Law Firm, LLC to Learn More About Charges for Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence in New Jersey

If you or a loved one is facing the imposition of a restraining order, don’t take any chances. Contact Davis Law Firm, LLC to work with our experienced team of defense attorneys. We will fight to defend your rights and freedom. With more than 20 years of experience under our belt, you can trust that we will fight to secure the best possible outcome in your case.

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