Camden NJ Restraining Order Violation Lawyer
Domestic Violence Attorney with Offices in Collingswood, New Jersey
Police and prosecutors take violation of restraining orders seriously in New Jersey. If the police find probable cause that a person violated either a temporary or final restraining order, they will arrest the person and charge him or her with criminal contempt. Violation of a restraining order can subject you to several significant consequences such as a mark on your record and a mandatory period of time in jail. If you have been arrested for this offense, it is crucial that you speak with an attorney that can help minimize the penalties and get you a favorable result in your case.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison have had tremendous success handling countless restraining order cases for years in Camden County including Gloucester, Cherry Hill, Runnemede, and Woodlynne. In fact, one of the members of our criminal defense team is a former prosecutor in New Jersey who used to prosecute charges for the State which means we know the types of arguments will be made on both sides. If you charged with violation of a restraining order, having an attorney who knows what it takes to potentially beat the charges is imperative. Call the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 877-450-8301 anytime for a free initial consultation.
Violation of a Restraining Order in New Jersey
When a person violates a restraining order, the charge is actually for criminal contempt which is covered under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9. It provides:
a. Fourth Degree – if he purposely or knowingly disobeys a judicial order or hinders, obstructs or impedes the effectuation of a judicial order or the exercise of jurisdiction over any person, thing or controversy by a court, administrative body or investigative entity.
b. Fourth Degree – if that person purposely or knowingly violates any provision in an order entered under the provisions of the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et al.) or an order entered under the provisions of a substantially similar statute under the laws of another state or the United States when the conduct which constitutes the violation could also constitute a crime or a disorderly persons offense. In all other cases a person is guilty of a disorderly persons offense if that person knowingly violates an order entered under the provisions of this act or an order entered under the provisions of a substantially similar statute under the laws of another state or the United States. Orders entered pursuant to paragraphs (3), (4), (5), (8) and (9) of subsection b. of section 13 of P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-29) or substantially similar orders entered under the laws of another state or the United States shall be excluded from the provisions of this subsection.
Note: Violation of a restraining order will usually be considered a disorderly persons offense which can result in 6 months in county jail. It will be a fourth degree offense, which can result in up to 18 months in NJ State Prison, if it is based on a more serious criminal offense such as assault or stalking.
Contact a Gloucester NJ Violation of a Restraining Order Lawyer Today
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you for violation of a restraining order. Our criminal defense team understands the details of the law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against your charges. Call us today at 877-450-8301 for a free initial consultation about your case.