Defending Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
All you have to do is open up a newspaper or turn on the television to recognize just how sensitive the issue of domestic violence is today. New Jersey lawmakers have shown an allure for this area and enacted a laundry list of statutes designed to discourage domestic assault and other forms of abuse. This legislation not only provides for severe punishment for those who engage in domestic violence but also affords protections to insure that victims are not exposed to continued wrongs. Unfortunately, this net can ensnare not only abusers but also defendants who are innocent. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall know as much as anyone that just because you were arrested does not mean you did someone wrong or that even if you did make a mistake you should not be afforded the ability to recover. We have been defending domestic charges like yours for decades and even before that served as prosecutors representing the state. Our lawyers know how the system works and how to effectively defend your interested. We serve all of Somerset County including Bridgewater, Franklin, Montgomery, Bound Brook, Hillsborough and Bernards. So if you have been charged with a domestic offense or are the subject of a restraining order, call our Bridgewater Office at 908-722-1011.
Charged With Domestic Violence in Somerset County
Anytime there are allegations of domestic abuse, the victim is given the option to file an application for a restraining order. The decision as to whether or not to grant this relief is based on the content of a domestic violence complaint, as well as any evidence and testimony to corroborate the allegations contained therein. In addition, if there is evidence of injury to the victim, there is probable cause to believe that the defendant violated an existing restraining order, used a weapon, or was the subject of a warrant, the police are required to arrest. Arrest is discretionary if none of these scenarios exist but the police believe that probable cause exists to believe that domestic violence occurred. An attorney at our firm can help you irrespective of the stage of your domestic violence proceedings including with respect to:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Terroristic Theats
- Final Restraining Order (“FRO”)
- Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”)
- Violation of a Restraining Order
- Weapon Seizure & Forfeiture
As you might already know, the police are aggressive when it comes to allegations of abuse. The Judges who preside over related order of protection proceedings and criminal charges are also dedicated to combating what they believe to be domestic violence. For this reason, you need to prepared and properly represented otherwise you are placing yourself at undue risk.
Somerset County Domestic Violence Attorneys
The time to act is now if you were served with or were arrested on a domestic violence complaint. A determination concerning whether the restraints will become permanent will be made within 10 days of entry of the order so there is no room for delay in preparing your defense. There is likewise little reason to drag your feet in defending a companion criminal offense. So call our Somerset County Domestic Violence attorneys now for the skilled guidance you need. A lawyer is available 24/7 to assist you at 908-722-1011.