Contact Our Jersey City Office To Speak To A Talented Former Prosecutor About Your Domestic Violence or Restraining Order Case In Guttenberg New Jersey
Guttenberg occupies a very small area but its police department has its fair share of domestic violence arrests. One reason for this could be the broad scope of the protection offered by the New Jersey Domestic Violence Act to include people in dating relationships along with members of a household as being entitled to the protection of temporary and final restraining orders. If you have been charged with a criminal offense as a domestic violence incident, for example, simple assault, aggravated assault, harassment or terroristic threat, you need representation from an attorney whose experience includes defending individuals against domestic violence allegations. A Guttenberg domestic violence attorney must be capable of defending you in both criminal court and in the Family Division of Hudson County Superior Court.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, the members of our defense team have amassed impeccable qualifications for defending your Guttenberg domestic violence charge. We provide our clients with:
- Over 200 years of combined experience handling domestic violence criminal charges and restraining orders in Hudson County and Guttenberg
- A team of ten (10) lawyers who specialize exclusively in defense
- Former county prosecutors that have served as the Director of Major Crimes, Gangs Task Force, Special Operations & the Trial Division
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
- An extensive track record of dismissals and other favorable results in domestic violence cases
Allegations of domestic violence frequently arise in divorce and child custody disputes as one party makes unfounded accusations to gain an unfair advantage. Our attorneys use aggressive defense strategies in domestic violence cases to challenge and weaken the prosecution version of the events. We make sure that your side of the story is presented. Call us now at 201-309-0500 to speak to a member of our defense team 24/7.
Domestic Violence and Temporary Restraining Orders in Guttenberg NJ
The law limits domestic violence to the following categories of people who must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the incident:
- Current or former spouse
- Current or former member of the same household
- Someone with whom you had a child
- Someone you dated even if the relationship has ended
If any of the following criminal offenses are committed against someone who qualifies for protection under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, they may obtain a restraining order:
- Simple assault
- Terroristic threats
- Aggravated assault
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal sexual contact
Not only must you defend against a criminal offense, but also a separate domestic violence restraining order hearing when this is the case. Failure to avoid a final restraining order will permanently bar you from any contact with the alleged victim. If you resided with that person, the restraining order will prohibit you from living at home while the case is pending.
Penalties and Consequences of Guttenberg NJ Domestic Violence Cases
Aggravated assault and simple terroristic threats are primary examples of indictable criminal offenses that can be treated as domestic violence incidents. The penalties upon conviction of a crime of the third degree, fourth degree or second degree can be a long period of confinement to a state prison and substantial fines. Because they are the equivalent of felonies, indictable offenses also leave you with a criminal record and, in most cases, for a charge that is considered one of violence.
The domestic violence case in family court involving a restraining order or violation of a restraining order in Hudson County can add an additional civil penalty of as much as $500 to the penalties a judge imposes on you in criminal court. A permanent restraining order usually is issued to replace the temporary restraining order. In addition to imposing restrictions on contacting or being near the victim of the domestic violence, the order can restrict your rights regarding access to your children.
A NJ Restraining Order violation, which is also referred to as criminal contempt, is an indictable offense punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Criminal contempt is equivalent to a felon that gives you a permanent criminal record. As a felony offender, many of the civil liberties you take for granted will be lost, including the right to own or possess a firearm.
Guttenberg NJ Domestic Violence Attorney
Don’t take a domestic violence offense lightly. The defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are dedicated to providing you with outstanding legal representation offering you the best chance to avoid a criminal conviction and the consequences of a domestic violence allegation. Call us now at 201-309-0500 where an attorney is available at any time of the day or night to discuss your case. Initial consultations to discuss a Guttenberg restraining order or domestic violence criminal offense are always free so do not hesitate to contact us for the advice you need.