Former Prosecutors & Skilled Lawyers In Our Jersey City Office Are Ready To Defend Your Harrison Domestic Violence & Restraining Order Case
New Jersey takes a hard line on domestic violence offenses in Harrison and other communities throughout the state. Police called to your home by another member of your household or by a neighbor will arrest you if the victim shows signs of a physical injury. The accused can thereafter expect to be charged with a criminal offense like simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats or aggravated assault, and also be the subject of a domestic violence complaint and restraining order in the Family Division. If you are facing a Hudson County domestic violence charges such as this, you need representation by a criminal defense attorney with experience in family court domestic violence defense and in defending against criminal charges in Harrison and Hudson County.
Harrison domestic violence attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have impeccable qualifications to defend your case. We can offer you:
- Over 200 years of combined experience defending charges in Harrison Municipal Court and the Hudson County Superior Court, including a Hudson County restraining order hearing
- Ten (10) lawyers who practice exclusively defense
- Former county prosecutors that have served in high level positions like Director of Major Crimes, the Gangs Task Force, Special Operations and an entire Trial Division
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
- A long history of success in representing clients accused of domestic violence and served with restraining orders in Harrison and other municipalities in Hudson County
more than 200 years of collective experience successfully defending individuals facing domestic violence offenses throughout Hudson County and other communities in New Jersey. They know how domestic violence allegations can become weapons in divorce cases and child custody disputes when falsely made to gain an unfair advantage in the pending litigation. Our thorough investigation and aggressive defense strategies in domestic violence cases allow us to identify and present evidence supporting your version of what took place while we defend your rights and protect you from a conviction based upon false allegations. Call us now at 201-309-0500 for a free initial consultation at any time of the day or night with a member of our defense team.
Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders in Harrison NJ
The primary law dealing with domestic violence in New Jersey is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 et seq. This body of law is referred to as the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991. Section 2C:25-19(d) defines people protected by the law from acts of domestic violence as anyone 18 years of age or older related to the person accused of committing offense as follows:
- Current or former spouse
- Present or former member of the household
- Someone with whom the accused had a dating relationship
- Someone with whom the accused had a child
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19, committing one or more of the following criminal offenses constitutes domestic violence incident and result in a domestic violence complaint being filed in family court in addition to the charges filed in criminal court:
- Simple assault
- Terroristic threats
- Aggravated assault
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal sexual contact
Family court could issue a temporary restraining order preventing in favor of the victim before you have had an opportunity to have your side of the story heard. The TRO could prevent you from having any contact with the victim and could prevent you from returning to your home if you and the victim live together.
Penalties and Consequences of Harrison NJ Domestic Violence Cases
Depending upon the severity of the criminal offense, a conviction in criminal court could result in confinement to the Hudson County NJ Correctional Center or, if the charge is an indictable offense, to state prison. You could also be ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and be required to attending counseling sessions. The conviction would leave you with a permanent criminal record that could impair your ability to get a job or find a landlord willing to rent to you.
Family court can impose a civil penalty of as much as $500 and issue a permanent restraining order. The order not only restricts where you can live in relation to the victim, but you could lose custody of your children because of it. If you violate the restraining order, you could be charged with an indictable offense punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000.
Harrison NJ Domestic Violence Attorney
It is essential that the attorney defending you against a Harrison domestic violence allegation be someone you trust as being capable of providing the level of aggressive and skilled defense needed to avoid a conviction in criminal court and a restraining order from family court. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the experience, the knowledge and the skills developed from years of successfully defending people charged with domestic violence offenses. Call us now at 201-309-0500 to speak with one of our attorneys at any time of the day or night to during a free and confidential initial consultation.