BILL TO HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS NOW LAW

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgA bill to bolster protections for domestic violence victims was officially signed into law on Thursday. The measure (A-1491), which passed the Assembly 77-1 last October and passed the Senate 38-0 in September, is aimed at deterring future acts of domestic violence by imposing more stringent bail restrictions for anyone charged with contempt of a domestic violence restraining order.

Currently, it is a crime of the fourth degree for a person to violate a provision in a restraining order. Generally, the court may allow defendants to be released on bail after they post 10 percent of the amount of bail in cash.

The new law adds offenses involving violations of domestic violence restraining orders to the list of crimes with bail restrictions, preventing violators from using the 10 percent cash option for posting bail. Individuals charged with these crimes may only post bail in the form of full cash, a surety bond or a bail bond secured by real property situated in the state with an unencumbered equity equal to the amount of bail plus $20,000.

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