Ocean County May Require Ankle Bracelets – Contact A NJ Domestic Violence Lawyer

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A bill that would permit the electronic monitoring of defendants charged with or convicted of physically abusive domestic violence has been approved by the legislature.  If the governor signs this bill (A-321) into law, called “Lisa’s Law”, a four-year pilot program will be established in Ocean County allowing the courts to electronically monitor insubordinate domestic violence offenders with the purpose of providing added protection to victims of such abuse.

The pilot program would apply to defendants charged with or convicted of contempt of a domestic violence order and require them to wear ankle bracelets for tracking purposes and include a notification system that would alert the victim when his or her offender is within a certain proximity to them.

Who Would Require this Monitoring?

In making the determination as to whether or not a domestic violence offender would be placed on electronic monitoring, the court may hold a hearing to consider the likelihood that the defendant’s participation in electronic monitoring will deter the defendant from injuring the victim.  The court will consider the following factors:

  1. the gravity and seriousness of harm that the defendant inflicted on the victim in the commission of the act of domestic violence;
  2. the defendant’s previous history of domestic violence, if any;
  3. the defendant’s history of other criminal acts, if any;
  4. whether the defendant has access to a weapon;
  5. whether the defendant has threatened suicide or homicide;
  6. whether the defendant has a history of mental illness or has been civilly committed; and
  7. whether the defendant has a history of alcohol abuse or substance abuse.

Bill Named after Toms River Woman

Lisa’s Law is inspired by the tragic death of Letizia “Lisa” Zindell of Toms River, who was killed in 2009 by her ex-fiancé one day after his release from jail due to several violations of a restraining order Lisa had entered against him.  While a restraining order provides some protection for a victim of domestic violence, it only works when the offender abides by the order.  A restraining order is not enough to keep someone safe from an abuser who is willing to ignore the law and go back after their victim.

If you have any questions about how this program could affect you, if initiated, contact a NJ Domestic Violence Lawyer experienced with domestic violence restraining orders at (732) 965-3350.  To see the full text of the proposed bill, you can find a copy on the NJ State Legislature website here.