Accomplished Former Prosecutors in Our Jersey City Office Are Ready To Discuss Your Domestic Violence Criminal Charge or Restraining Order
A heated argument or physical conflict with a spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend or family member can cause significant problems when it mushrooms into domestic violence charges. An arrest by the Jersey City Police, as well as imposition of a temporary restraining order, is usually the aftermath that confronts an individual in this setting. If you had the unfortunate experience of being served with a restraining order, arrested for assault or another criminal offense, or both, it is imperative that you contact a lawyer who is highly experienced in defending Jersey City domestic violence cases. Failure to win your final restraining order hearing at the Family Division of the Hudson County Superior Court will leave you vulnerable to future arrest and permanently bar any contact with the accuser. The situation is even more complicated if you were charged with a domestic violence offense because you face the added consequences of criminal prosecution. Representation by a highly skilled defense attorney is clearly your best tool for avoiding the pitfalls of a negative outcome in either forum.
The attorneys at the Jersey City Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have exactly the credentials needed to avoid a finding that you committed an act of domestic violence. Our team can offer you:
- 200 years of combined experience defending clients accused of simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats and other acts of domestic violence
- 10 lawyers who dedicate their practice exclusively to criminal defense
- Former county and municipal prosecutors
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
The background of our defense team in defending people charged with all types of criminal offenses coupled with their knowledge of domestic violence laws and experience with the procedures in family court make them formidable advocates to have at your side in a courtroom. It takes an aggressive defense from a skilled and seasoned attorney to fight a domestic violence accusation. Call us now at 201-309-0500 for a free initial consultation with a Jersey City domestic violence attorney. We have an attorney available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to take your call.
Domestic Violence Charges in Jersey City New Jersey
N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19d of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act specifies the individuals protected by the law as including anyone 18 years of age or older whose relationship with the accused falls into one of the following categories:
Current or former spouse
Present or former member of the household
A current or former dating relationship
Someone with whom the accused had or is expecting a child Emancipated minors may claim protection under the domestic violence statute.
An emancipated minor includes someone who has been married, has served in the military, has a child, is pregnant, or has been declared emancipated by a court. Only certain criminal offenses can be treated as domestic violence when committed against a person defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19d. The criminal offenses that constitute an act of domestic violence are set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19a and include:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal trespass
What Are The Consequences Of Criminal Charges for Domestic Violence in Jersey City? All of these criminal offenses result in a record that is available for anyone, including employers, licensing boards and immigration authorities to uncover through a simple background search. There are also a host of penalties that result from a conviction including fines, probation and even the possibility of jail. For example, even a disorderly persons offense for simple assault or harassment in Jersey City Municipal Court can land you in the county jail for six months. More serious domestic violence criminal offenses such as aggravated assault, terroristic threats and stalking are indictable crimes that can result in thousands of dollars in fines and years in state prison (e.g. up to 5 years for a third degree crime and 5-10 years for a second degree crime).
How Will I Be Effected By A Jersey City Restraining Order? A temporary restraining order or, worse yet, a final restraining order, can severely impact your life. Either variety of restraining order precludes you from having any contact with the victim so you will be unable to return to any shared residence if the relief remains in effect. Domestic violence restraining orders also affect child custody and visitation rights. Judges at the Family Division of the Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City can also require that you undergo counseling and treatment if you lose your restraining order hearing.
Our Talented Domestic Violence Defense Team Can Help You. The good news is that our Jersey City domestic violence defense lawyers have a long history of success in defending criminal charges and restraining orders. Whether the allegations against you arose out of the blue, as a calculated strategy in anticipation of divorce or in any other context, we have the skills to attack the case head on so that you avoid a final restraining order and/or criminal conviction. It is essential that you contact us immediately, so we can begin investigating and reviewing the facts to identify defenses we may put to use to challenge the allegations made against you.
Jersey City NJ Domestic Violence Attorney
If you have been accused of a domestic violence offense in Jersey City, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have extensive knowledge and experience from years of successfully defending individuals accused of domestic violence. Don’t let a criminal conviction and a restraining order ruin your life. Let one of our outstanding lawyers answer your questions and address your concerns during a free initial consultation by calling us now at 201-309-0500. A lawyer on our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.