Domestic violence is taken very seriously in New Jersey. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important for you to have a domestic violence attorney appear with you in order make sure your rights are protected. If you are being accused of an act of domestic violence, it is equally important for you to be represented by a domestic violence attorney to limit your exposure and protect your interest. Ms. Friedland is an experienced domestic violence attorney located in Morris County, NJ.
Domestic Violence Law in NJ
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you meet with someone who is familiar with the New Jersey domestic violence laws. Timing is crucial in a domestic violence dispute. If you have been involved in an incident it is important that you notify the authorities right away. The longer you wait to report an incident, the harder it will be for you to receive protection from the courts.
The first step in obtaining a Final Restraining Order is obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. If the incident takes place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. you should go to your County Courthouse and ask to speak to someone about obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. If it is after 3:00 p.m., you can either call or go to the local police department for assistance. Again, timing is crucial. You should not delay making your application. If you are given a Temporary Restraining Order, a Final Hearing will be scheduled for eight to ten days later. It is very important that you have an experienced domestic violence attorney appear with you at the Final Hearing.
Ms. Friedland represents victims of Domestic Violence and sits on the Board for the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project of Morris County. She also lectures on the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and trains new attorneys in the proper way to handle Domestic Violence matters.
If you are concerned about your safety, or have questions in general about domestic violence, you should consider contacting one of the local organizations for assistance. A list of these organizations and their contact information can be found on the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs website at www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dow/resources/countyresourcesdv. In Morris County you can obtain information from Jersey Battered Women’s Services at JBWS.org.
Allegations of domestic violence are always unfortunate. While many times these allegations are justified, it is not unheard of for a party to make an allegation in order to gain an advantage in a divorce or custody proceeding. It is also not uncommon for people to become engaged in a heated argument with one of the parties perceiving it differently from the other. If you’ve been accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, it’s even more important to be represented by a domestic violence lawyer. Being found guilty of domestic violence will affect you the rest of your life and will have consequences far beyond the mere issuance of a restraining order. If you are found guilty of an act of domestic violence, you will be finger printed, you will be fined, you will be precluded from obtaining certain licenses, and you could be required to submit to additional proceedings. Being found guilty of domestic violence could also affect your ability to hold certain jobs.
Ms. Friedland represents defendants in Domestic Violence Actions. She understands that just because you have been accused of an act of Domestic Violence this does not mean that you are guilty. She also understands that in some situations, there may be other options available to avoid the issuance of a Final Restraining Order.
Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer In NJ
Ms. Friedland has been representing both victims and defendants in Domestic Violence proceedings for over fifteen years. For the past twelve years she has provided pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence through the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project of Morris County and has sat on the Board for this organization for the past seven years.
Ms. Friedland has been lecturing on the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act in New Jersey for the past six years including the proper way to present Domestic Violence matters at trial. As part of her involvement with the BWLAP she has also served as a mentor for several new attorneys, assisting them in trial preparation and overseeing their performance.