Bergen County Domestic Violence Lawyer
Have you been a victim of domestic violence? You have the right to seek a restraining order to protect yourself. Have you been wrongly accused of domestic violence and had a restraining order taken out against you? You are allowed to defend against these accusations.
At The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer in Westwood, New Jersey, we use more than 35 years of experience to help people with all issues related to domestic violence. These matters are handled in family court and often arise prior to or during divorce proceedings, which we also have the experience to assist with.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is handled in family court, not criminal court, because it is not a crime. Domestic violence refers to a situation when there is physical conflict, or threats of physical conflict, between people in a domestic relationship. These people can be husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend or even parent and child.
We can assist people get restraining orders. We can also help people who have had restraining orders taken out against them. Although this isn’t a criminal offense, it does leave a mark on your record that can possibly be dealt with through expungement.
When Domestic Violence Leads to Criminal Charges
While domestic violence itself is not a criminal charge, violation of a domestic violence restraining order is. The charge is criminal contempt, and we can defend against it.
Domestic violence restraining orders can also come along with actual criminal charges, such as:
- Assault and threats of assault or physical abuse
- Rape or other sexual assault
- Verbal and emotional abuse
As a law firm that also offers criminal defense services, we can defend against domestic assault and all related charges.
Contact Us for a Free Initial Consultation
If you need to pursue a domestic violence restraining order or defend against accusations, you can benefit from our experience. For more information about how Westwood domestic violence attorney Walter K. Schreyer and our outstanding staff can help, contact us.