Former Atlantic County Prosecutor Provides Services for Domestic Violence Victims Throughout South Jersey
It is important to realize that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Violence within the family can be devastating to everyone involved. The crucial thing is to speak up and begin to take back control of your life. If you are the victim in an abusive or violent relationship, you do not have to continue suffering in silence. You have options.
The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty is a highly respected law firm with a rich tradition in South Jersey, including Atlantic County and Cape May County. Founding partner John Tumelty has 35 years of criminal law experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, so he has personally witnessed the impact of abuse on individuals throughout the state.
Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence in New Jersey
Knowledge is power. Gather as much information as possible and understand NJ domestic violence laws so that you can protect yourself and your children. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act protects victims of domestic violence against abuse. You may be eligible for protection under the law if you are a victim of domestic violence committed by a spouse, a former spouse, a dating partner, a roommate or household member, or a person with whom you have a child.
Can a Restraining Order Protect My Family?
A restraining order is one legal method Mr. Tumelty uses to keep victims of domestic violence safe. When a domestic violence complaint is filed against your abuser, a judge may grant you a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). A hearing will then be scheduled to take place in front of a superior court judge in the Family Division within 10 days. Getting a restraining order is crucial because it makes it easier for law enforcement to protect you against further abuse. If the abuser violates the terms of the restraining order, they could be looking at serious jail time.
In addition to resulting in a civil complaint, a domestic violence situation often involves violent conduct that results in criminal charges such as:
- Aggravated Assault
- Terroristic Threats
- Criminal Restraint
- False Imprisonment
- Sexual Assault
- Criminal Contempt
Although a domestic violence complaint and a criminal complaint may arise from the same incident, they are handled in separate court proceedings. It is crucial that you have legal representation when you appear in civil court to get your Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) turned into a Final Restraining Order (FRO).
Former NJ State Prosecutor Protects the Legal Rights of Domestic Violence Victims in South Jersey
Never take chances when it comes to protecting your family against violence and abuse. Contacting a domestic violence attorney is the first step to ensuring your future safety and rebuilding your life.
John Tumelty is a compassionate advocate for victims of domestic violence. He is prepared to provide you with answers to difficult questions about how to obtain temporary and permanent restraining orders in Atlantic City or anywhere else in South Jersey. Mr. Tumelty has offices that are conveniently located in Marmora and Somers Point, so he is always available for a confidential consultation about your case.