Verbal Abuse is Domestic Abuse, and is a Crime

domestic abuse, verbal abuse, domestic vioenceDomestic abuse is not gender-limited. Men and women can both be victims. Domestic abuse by verbally harassing someone is a criminal act. Under New Jersey law, making or causing ‘…a communication at…extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or in any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm…’ is harassment. Under the New Jersey Domestic Violence law, that is one of the predicate criminal acts that a ‘protected party’ can use to obtain a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) and be the basis for a separate criminal complaint. Neither of these types of complaints should be ignored, as one creates the possibility of a Judge issuing an FRO (Final Restraining Order)  that can impact where you are allowed to go or to do; and, the other a criminal conviction that can result in a criminal record affecting employment

If you have been charged in a criminal complaint with a domestic abuse or domestic violence charge, and need counsel to help guide you through the laws, and/or  represent you, please contact my office. The phone consultation is free. Oftentimes, there is overreach by the complainant who has a score to settle. Other times a misunderstanding spiraled into a heightened verbal altercation. Don’t let a situation bad get worse whereby additional charges can be levied. And do not talk to anyone, including the complainant, or the police. They may be called to testify against you. Do yourself — you career, your reputation, perhaps even your family — a favor and get a criminal defense attorney right away, and leave the situation to the professionals. This charge is one you wish to put behind you as soon as possible

Howard W. Bailey, Esq.
550 Broad Street, Suite 601
Newark, NJ 07102


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