Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Charges

New Jersey has a strict approach to domestic violence. Police are required to arrest a suspect if the accuser shows any sign of injury, and may still arrest the accused even if there is no sign of injury. In response to an accusation of domestic violence or spousal abuse the municipal court will usually issue a restraining order against the accused.

If accused of domestic abuse, contact a lawyer immediately

You may not realize how serious a charge of domestic violence is. Do not make any statement to the police or your accuser without an attorney present. You may make mistakes that will have long-lasting consequences for your family and your financial well-being. If you would like to speak with Ray Raya about your charges, contact us and arrange a free consultation.

Domestic assault and civil restraining orders

At any time a municipal or superior court can issue a Restraining Order which can have a devastating effect on your finances and rip your family apart. The order may require you to:

Leave your home.
Refrain from contact or communication with your accuser and your children (even telephone or e-mail contact).
Make mortgage or rent payments and pay support, even though you are not able to enter your home.

A second Violation of a Restraining Order automatically results in a jail sentence. No matter what reason the restraining order was placed, you cannot ignore it.  Domestic violence charges can be withdrawn, and at that point the court may terminate the restraining order. The prosecutor and court may agree to drop charges if you participate in anger management classes. We will work to get you reasonable visitation with your children, and protect your rights in all legal proceedings.

Domestic violence charges are often brought in connection with other crimes such as:

Simple Assault
Aggravated Assault
Terroristic Threats
Seizure of Weapons, Guns, Ammunition
Child Abuse or Neglect
Spousal Abuse
Physical abuse
Verbal abuse
Criminal trespass

If you have been charged with a domestic violence charge, you can only make a well-informed decision about how to proceed after discussing your case with an attorney with the appropriate experience. If you would like to speak with me, call 1-732-845-3203 or e-mail Ray at to set up a consultation.

I represent clients who have received a summons or been arrested on a wide variety of assault & threat crimes, defending them throughout New Jersey.

The Law Offices of Raymond A. Raya, Esq.

Monmouth County Lawyer

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