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  • NJ A1197
  • Establishes new crime of domestic violence committed in the presence of a child.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(2/8/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish the new crime of committing an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child. Under current law, a person commits an act of domestic violence if the person commits one or more of acts of homicide, assault, terroristic threats, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass, harassment, or stalking upon a person protected under the provisions of the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991," P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et seq.). In addition to the remedies available to a victim under the provisions of the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991," a person who commits an act of domestic violence may be subject to criminal prosecution for the act that constituted domestic violence. This bill would provide that when the act of domestic violence is committed in the presence of a child to whom the actor or the victim is a parent, guardian, or resource family parent, the person committing the act would be subject to criminal prosecution for both the underlying offense and for the separate crime of committing an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child. However, the bill would not require the person be convicted of the underlying offense to be convicted of committing an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child. This bill would require that the person committing the act of domestic violence know the child was present during the commission of the act. "In the presence of a child" would mean in the physical presence of a child or having knowledge that a child is present and may see or hear an act of domestic violence. The bill would additionally require that the child be 16 years of age or younger. The crime of committing an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child would be a crime of the fourth degree if the underlying offense is a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense; otherwise, it would be graded one degree higher than the most serious underlying offense. If the offender is convicted of both the underlying offense and committing an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child, the convictions would not merge and a court would be required to impose a separate sentence for each conviction. A crime of the fourth degree is punishable by imprisonment for up to 18 months, up to a $10,000 fine, or both. A crime of the third degree is punishable by imprisonment for three to five years, up to a $15,000 fine, or both. A crime of the second degree is punishable by imprisonment for five to 10 years, up to a $150,000 fine, or both. A crime of the first degree is punishable by imprisonment for 10 to 20 years, up to a $200,000 fine, or both.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Women and Children
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 2/8/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/8/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 2