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Terroristic Threats as Domestic Violence in NJ

Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence – Terroristic Threats

Terroristic threats restraining order NJ

Terroristic Threats Domestic Violence NJ

One of the potential predicate acts of domestic violence in New Jersey is terroristic threats. Terroristic threats is a criminal charge in New Jersey and it also is a basis for a restraining order as a predicate act of domestic violence in a temporary restraining order filing. Terroristic threats involves threatening another with an act of violence with the purpose of terrorizing and alarming them.

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Predicate Acts of Domestic Violence in New Jersey: Terroristic Threats

In order to establish a predicate act of domestic violence of terroristic threats, the plaintiff must show a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 which provides in pertinent part:

a. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. A violation of this subsection is a crime of the second degree if it occurs during a declared period of national, State or county emergency. The actor shall be strictly liable upon proof that the crime occurred, in fact, during a declared period of national, State or county emergency. It shall not be a defense that the actor did not know that there was a declared period of emergency at the time the crime occurred.

b. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to kill another with the purpose to put him in imminent fear of death under circumstances reasonably causing the victim to believe the immediacy of the threat and the likelihood that it will be carried out.

NOTE:  In the domestic violence context, courts can consider any past history of abuse as a part of a complainant’s individual circumstances in determining whether a reasonable person in those circumstances would have believed the threats at issue. See Cesare v. Cesare, 154 N.J. 394 (1998).

Proving Terroristic Threats at a Restraining Order Trial

In order to prove terroristic threats as a predicate act of domestic violence in NJ, the plaintiff must show that either subsection (a) or (b)  was violated above. Therefore, terroristic threats can be based on actual physical violence or the threat thereof.

NOTE: It is important to remember that, although terroristic threats is a criminal charge and we use the criminal statute under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, the plaintiff must only establish the civil standard of a “preponderance of evidence” in a restraining order case because a restraining order is civil in nature. Preponderance of evidence is a “more likely than not” standard so the plaintiff must establish 51% that the offense was committed and that is sufficient in a civil case.

For more information, contact the restraining order defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC for a free initial consultation at (908)-336-5008.

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