Domestic Violence

New Jersey Lawyers For Domestic Violence Matters

At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, in Hackensack, New Jersey, our law practice is small enough that we know our clients well. We are invested directly in the outcomes of our clients' cases. In no situation is this more true than domestic violence matters.

We understand the profound effect that domestic violence has on the victims and on the people accused. That is why our lawyers fight hard to help you achieve the results that are best for you in your unique situations. We represent people in matters related to orders of protection and temporary or permanent restraining orders.

One Issue. Two Cases.

Domestic violence cases can be complex because there are often two cases happening at the same time — the criminal case brought by the state and the civil case, where an alleged victim asks the court to issue a restraining order. The criminal case is resolved in Municipal Court or Superior Court and involves a prosecutor. The restraining order is handled in Family Court and involves both parties before a judge.

Temporary Restraining Orders

In domestic abuse matters, it is important to contact an attorney immediately because the hearings for temporary restraining orders (TRO) and final restraining orders happen quickly. These cases are normally expedited by the courts and require prompt attention. Evidence needs to be gathered and potential witnesses must be contacted. It may be important to obtain cellphone records or email messages. Photographs might also be necessary before evidence of physical violence fades.

The consequences of a restraining order can be severe. They affect your ability to see your children and enter your home. They are sometimes in effect forever. Our attorneys can represent your interests throughout all phases of the restraining order process.

Criminal Charges

Restraining orders aren't the only penalty for domestic violence; criminal charges are often the result of the very same conduct. It is normally the county or municipal prosecutor who prosecutes these charges, and jail time and fines are at stake. Anyone charged with a crime should consult an attorney immediately in order to protect his or her rights and aggressively defend all charges.

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Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law combines the work of two attorneys, so we can serve clients looking for either a male or a female domestic violence lawyer. Contact us by calling 201-212-4532 or by completing our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation about your criminal defense.