Hunterdon County Domestic Violence Attorney

Served With A Restraining Order or Charged With A Criminal Offense Involving Domestic Violence In Flemington, Clinton Township, Raritan, Readington or Elsewhere in Hunterdon County?

A major area of our criminal practice concerns the defense of domestic violence in Hunterdon County and elsewhere in New Jersey. Whether its defending a restraining order, a simple assault offense in a local municipal court or an indictable crime like aggravated assault at the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington New Jersey, a domestic violence case can be complicated and present some extreme stakes. Failure to defeat the temporary restraining order results in permanent displacement from the house or apartment, as well as other life changing consequences. A domestic violence criminal charge for harassment, terroristic threats or another violation can also have serious ramifications in the form of a criminal record, jail and other penalties.  Hiring an attorney who is highly skilled in defending domestic violence in Hunterdon County is precisely what you need to avert a final restraining order or criminal conviction.

Flemington NJ Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys With The Experience You Need

Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, features a team of ten (10) criminal attorneys that possess over 200 years in practice combined. Most of the members of our team are former prosecutors who have served at either the county level or in municipal court, holding positions like Director of the Trial Division, Juvenile Division, Major Crimes and the Drugs Task Force. The honors and distinctions earned by the lawyers is also extensive, including certification as criminal trial attorneys. If you have been charged with a criminal offense involving domestic violence or need representation at a restraining order hearing, you have landed in the right place because we have the skills to thoroughly protect your interests. Call our Flemington Office at (908) 824-0855 for a free consultation with a lawyer at the firm.

Domestic Violence in Hunterdon County New Jersey

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 and provides an array of protections to individuals, including the ability to seek a restraining order. Eligibility for relief is limited to victims who are: (1) the spouse or former spouse of the defendant; (2) present or former boyfriend or girlfriend of the defendant; (3) dated the victim; (4) resided with the defendant; or (5) share a child in common with the defendant. If the victim has standing because of one of these 5 relationships, they can seek a temporary restraining order in the event that they are assaulted, harassed, terrorized or otherwise subjected to domestic violence by the accused. Typically, a temporary restraining order will be issued immediately following a domestic violence police call in Flemington, Clinton, Raritan Township, Readington or elsewhere in Hunterdon County. If the police conclude, based on the allegations of the victim and the evidence at the scene, that there is probable cause to believe that “domestic violence” has occurred, they will call a judge to ask that a temporary restraining order be issued. Domestic violence is defined as one of the following acts committed against a qualifying victim:

  1. Simple Assault or Aggravated Assault
  2. Terroristic Threats
  3. Kidnapping
  4. Criminal Restraint
  5. False Imprisonment
  6. Sexual Assault
  7. Criminal Sexual Contact
  8. Lewdness
  9. Criminal Mischief
  10. Burglary
  11. Criminal Trespass
  12. Harassment
  13. Stalking
  14. Criminal coercion
  15. Robbery
  16. Contempt of a domestic violence order pursuant to subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:29-9 that constitutes a crime or disorderly persons offense
  17. Any other crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury to a person protected under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991”
  18. Cyber-harassment

In addition to issuance of a temporary restraining order, the police may arrest the accused and file a separate criminal charge in the event that they find probable cause to believe that the law has been violated. An individual faces two parallel proceedings when this occurs, a restraining order hearing at the Family Division of the Hunterdon County Superior Court located in Flemington New Jersey and an independent criminal proceeding at either the county courthouse (if the charge is a first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree crime) or a local municipal court like the one in Tewksbury, East Amwell, Union Township, Lambertville or Bethlehem.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defend clients charged with domestic violence criminal offenses and those facing restraining order proceedings in Hunterdon County including Flemington, East Amwell, Raritan Township, Union Township, Raritan, Clinton Township, Bethlehem, Lambertville, Franklin Township, Hampton, Kingswood, Tewksbury, Delaware Valley and Stockton New Jersey.

Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in Flemington New Jersey

You can never underestimate the ripple effect that a New Jersey domestic violence charge can have in a person’s life. Do not fall victim to this approach since representation by an accomplished attorney is an absolute must for anyone facing a restraining order hearing in Flemington or a related criminal charge in Hunterdon County. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has a team of veteran domestic violence lawyers with the ability to provide maximum protection against a final restraining order or criminal charge stemming from allegations of domestic violence. Contact our office in Flemington at (908) 824-0855 to speak to a highly knowledgeable attorney about your case.

Related Hunterdon County Legal Resources To Assist You

Hunterdon County Simple Assault LawyerFlemington Aggravated Assault Attorneys
Terroristic Threat Charges Flemington New JerseyHunterdon County Harassment Attorney