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New Jersey Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act (SASPA)

Sexual Assault Protective Order Lawyers in Morristown, NJ

NJ Sexual Assault Protective Order Attorney

The Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act of 2015 (SASPA) is a law that protects victims of sexual offenses who do not qualify for a domestic violence restraining order in New Jersey. SASPA went into effect on May 9 2016, allowing victims of sex crimes who did not fall under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act to obtain orders of protection against their abusers.

According to the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-13 – 2C:14-21), a victim of nonconsensual sexual contact doesn’t have to file criminal charges in order to obtain a civil order of protection. This is important because many times, sex crime victims don’t want to go through the criminal process but want to feel safe.

At The Tormey Law Firm, our attorneys understand the extreme strain placed on victims of sexual offenses. We are here to answer any questions you may have about sexual assault protective orders in New Jersey. If you choose to file a sexual restraining order, we will fight for your rights. Contact us anytime at (908)-336-5008 for a free consultation and continue reading for more information about the NJ Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act.

NJ Sexual Assault Protective Order Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:14-13

The New Jersey Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act gives a victim the opportunity to secure a protective order against a person who committed a sexual offense against them. There is not relationship requirement to get a sexual assault protective order, meaning you can get one against stranger as long as you provide some identifying information to police. The intention of SASPA was to close a gap in the current domestic violence system in New Jersey, which wasn’t protecting sex crime victims who weren’t considered “victims” of domestic violence.

Under this new law, anyone who was the victim of sexual contact, penetration, or lewdness can obtain an order of protection against their abuser. For instance, if the person who violated you was a classmate but you never dated, you can still get a sex crime restraining order against them. The same goes for neighbors, co-workers, and others who don’t meet the criteria for a domestic violence relationship. Victims of sexual offenses do not have to file criminal charges to get a sex crime protective order under the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act.

After filing a temporary protective order, you will have a hearing on the final protective order within 10 days. During the hearing, the judge will determine if there is grounds to issue a final protective order. The factors considered for a final protective order include, but are not limited to:

  • An act of nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual penetration, or lewdness, or any attempt to commit such conduct against the victim occurred; and
  • The possibility of future risk to the safety or well-being of the victim.

If a victim obtains a sexual assault protective order, the offender will be prohibited from contacting or going anywhere near the victim. This includes the victim’s home, workplace, school, and other places they regularly visit. The offender will be prohibited from contacting the victim in any way, including in person, by phone, via email, through text message, or through social media. If the perpetrator violates the protective order, they can be arrested and charged with criminal contempt.

Contact a Morris County NJ Sexual Assault Protective Order Attorney for Help

For additional information regarding sexual assault protective orders in NJ, contact the Tormey Law Firm directly at (908)-336-5008. Our attorneys are available immediately to assist you and the initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

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With offices in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark, Middletown, and New Brunswick, our lawyers can represent you anywhere in New Jersey and are available immediately to assist you at (908)-336-5008

Hackensack / Bergen County

254 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

  • 201-556-1570
  • 201-556-1572
Hackensack Office

Morristown / Morris County

60 Washington St Suite 200A,
Morristown, NJ 07960

  • 908-336-5008
  • 201-556-1572
Morristown Office

Newark / Essex County

1 Gateway Center Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07102

  • 201-654-3464
  • 201-556-1572
Newark Office

for a free initial consultation Contact the Tormey Law Firm

Travis J. Tormey is a distinguished member of the legal community and a respected legal resource on domestic violence. He has been featured in a variety of prominent publications and media outlets, including CBS radio, Aol News, the Asbury Park Press, NJ.com, and the Daily Record. Mr. Tormey has also been recognized as one of the the top criminal attorneys under 40 years of age by the National Trial Lawyers Association and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Whether representing victims or the wrongly accused, Travis remains passionately committed to protecting the rights of the innocent.

Areas we serve

The Tormey Law Firm LLC handles restraining order cases in Bergen County (Hackensack), Morris County (Morristown), Passaic County (Paterson), Union County (Elizabeth), Hudson County (Jersey City), Middlesex County (New Brunswick), Somerset County (Somerville), Sussex County (Newton), Essex County (Newark), Hunterdon County (Flemington), Mercer County (Trenton), Monmouth County (Freehold), Warren County (Belvidere), Ocean County (Toms River), Burlington County (Mount Holly), and throughout NJ.

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