Monday, October 12, 2015
DGM Mere filming of ex spouse is not violation for FRO. State v. D.G.M.,
Mere filming of ex spouse is not violation for FRO. State v. D.G.M., 439 N.J. Super. 630 (App.Div. 2015).
In this appeal of a contempt conviction, the court considered whether defendant violated the "no contact or communication" provision of an amended domestic violence final restraining order by sitting near and briefly filming the victim at their child's soccer game. Although the court held that such conduct falls within the restraining order's prohibition on "communication," the court concluded that defendant could not have fairly anticipated this interpretation; therefore, in applying the doctrine of lenity, the court reversed defendant's conviction.