Respected South Jersey Firm Represents Clients in Domestic Violence Cases

Haddon Heights attorney assists victims and individuals facing charges

Domestic violence can consist of physical, mental, or verbal mistreatment directed toward a household member or relationship partner. The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) is designed to protect victims of abuse and to give law enforcement officers the tools and training they need to handle these matters effectively. Despite these measures, domestic violence allegations persist, with approximately 60,000 reports made annually in the state. Whether you’ve been victimized, threatened or falsely accused, these situations demand skillful guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. Located in Haddon Heights, The Law Offices of Kelli M. Martone provides strong representation in civil and criminal proceedings stemming from incidents where domestic violence is alleged.

Experienced lawyer advises on the different forms of domestic violence

Serving clients in Camden and Burlington counties, my firm takes action in domestic violence cases linked to accusations of:

  • Assault — Striking someone or threatening to do so can be considered assault under New Jersey law. You do not have to suffer a serious bodily injury to file criminal charges and/or a petition for civil relief.
  • Harassment — A person can be convicted of harassment if they continuously make offensive remarks, use rude or profane language or contact victims at inappropriate hours in order to alarm or annoy someone else.
  • Mental or emotional abuse — Abusive behavior in person or online can lead to civil and criminal sanctions. Examples of prohibited behavior include isolating a victim socially, physically or emotionally, restraining access to finances or necessities and neglecting to care for a child. 
  • Sexual abuse — Anyone who forcefully engages in acts of a sexual nature against the will of another is guilty of sexual abuse. This can involve married or cohabitant couples or people in dating relationships. It can also involve abuse of a child.
  • Terroristic Threats — Someone who threatens to commit an act of violence against someone in order to cause them extreme fear violates New Jersey’s law against terroristic threats.

Presently, 19 different criminal offenses are listed under the PDVA. If you are unsure of whether the type of mistreatment you’ve suffered allows you to seek a restraining order, I will review the facts in your case and advise you on how to proceed.

What if I am falsely accused of domestic violence?

Sometimes, the conflicts associated with a divorce or a child custody dispute can get out of hand, leading one party to make a false report of domestic violence about another. When this occurs, the person being accused might face a loss of custody or visitation rights, financial harm and even criminal charges. If someone is making unfounded claims about you, trying to work things out yourself could be a big mistake. It is imperative to enlist the help of an experienced South Jersey lawyer who knows how to counter false accusations promptly and effectively. My firm works tirelessly to disprove deceptive charges and to prevent their potential negative consequences.

How to file for a restraining order in New Jersey?

Someone victimized by an incident or threat of domestic violence should seek protection immediately. Usually, the first step toward obtaining a protective order is calling the police to intervene. From there, I help the victim petition their municipal court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that typically requires their abuser to stay away from them and cease communications with them, including phone calls and text messages. A temporary restraining order expires in 10 days, but within that time period a court will review the details to determine if a permanent restraining order should be granted. When a TRO or permanent order is in place, victims can call on law enforcement to enforce its terms. If an accused abuser violates the restraining order, they will be arrested and jailed, and may also lose parental rights.

Contact an experienced South Jersey lawyer for advice on a domestic violence issue

The Law Offices of Kelli M. Martone represents New Jersey victims of domestic violence as well as individuals facing unwarranted allegations of abuse. For an appointment, please call 856-432-4587 or contact me online to schedule a consultation. My office is located in Haddon Heights.