New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney
Domestic Violence Charges
New Jersey has a strict approach to domestic violence. Police are required to arrest a suspect if the accuser—a wife, girlfriend, cohabitant, or any family or household member—shows any sign of injury, and may still arrest the accused even if there is no sign of injury. In response to an accusation of domestic violence or spousal abuse the municipal court will usually issue a restraining order against the accused.
If accused of domestic abuse, contact a lawyer immediately
You may not realize how serious a charge of domestic violence is. Do not make the mistake of making any statement to the police or your accuser without an attorney present. You may make mistakes that will have long-lasting consequences for your family and your financial well-being. If you would like to speak with an attorney from our New Jersey criminal defense practice, the Law Offices of John F. Marshall, please contact our New Jersey office and arrange a free consultation. We defend individuals charged with domestic violence throughout NJ, including Monmouth County, Union County, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, Somerset County, Essex County and Hudson County.
Domestic assault and civil restraining orders
At any time of day or night a municipal or superior court can, on the flimsiest evidence of abuse, issue a Restraining Order which can have a devastating effect on your finances and rip your family apart. The order may require you to:
- Leave your home
- Refrain from contact or communication with your accuser and your children (even telephone or e-mail contact)
- Make mortgage or rent payments and pay support, even though you are not able to enter your home
A second Violation of a Restraining Order automatically results in a jail sentence. Whether the charge of domestic violence resulted from an angry argument or you are in the midst of an ugly divorce and your spouse is trying to force you to accept a property or child custody agreement, you cannot ignore it. As your legal counsel, our lawyers will negotiate with your accuser. Domestic violence charges can be withdrawn, and at that point the court may terminate the restraining order. The prosecutor and court may agree to drop charges if you participate in anger management classes. We will work to get you reasonable visitation with your children, and protect your rights in all legal proceedings.
Domestic violence charges are often brought in connection with other crimes. The attorneys will work to have charges reduced through plea bargains or dismissed altogether, and are prepared to defend clients accused of domestic abuse or assault in connection with:
- Terroristic Threats
- Spousal abuse
- Marital rape
- Juvenile offenses
- Property crimes such as malicious mischief or trespassing
- Assault and threat crimes
- Violations of protection orders or restraining orders
If you have been arrested or charged with any type of domestic violence, exercise your right to remain silent. Call toll free 1-877-450-8301 or e-mail our New Jersey law firm to arrange a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney before talking to police, your accuser, or the court. We will assist you in defending yourself and insuring that you are provided the best possible defense in your Middlesex County, Ocean County, Monmouth County, Union County, Somerset County, Mercer, Essex County or Hudson County case.
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