Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Defense 

woman-1043030_960_720Defending New Jersey Clients Against Domestic Violence Charges

Those who have been arrested in New Jersey for domestic violence have a lot to consider about the future. They face serious charges. New Jersey proactively battles against domestic violence, and just the accusation can constitute the state issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) until the issue is resolved in court. If you are involved in a domestic violence case, it is imperative for you to contact an attorney with your best interests in mind. Besides facing jail time and a criminal record, you could be barred from entering your home, having access to your children, and keeping your firearms. Some domestic violence offenses include:

  • Simple assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Homicide

New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 was drafted to protect people who were victims of violence in a relationship deemed “domestic” under the law, including marriage, separation, divorce, those who live together, date, or share a child. Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the state offers two forms of relief to a victim, civil and criminal. Under civil relief, if you are accused of domestic violence, the court or local law enforcement will most likely award the other party a temporary restraining order until the court decides on the matter. Under criminal relief, the accuser may press criminal charges for any criminal offense related to domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Consequences in NJ

Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the accuser will most likely be able to acquire a temporary restraining order. If you are accused of domestic violence and issued a TRO, it will keep you away from your house, possessions, and family. The court will decide if the case warrants a permanent restraining order that can impact the rest of your life. The state ardently enforces restraining orders and will answer any violation with further criminal charges. If you are found guilty of an indictable offense, you may face jail time and a criminal record. In New Jersey, if you are convicted of a criminal offense stemming from a domestic violence case, you are facing consequences more severe than the crime itself.  If you are facing domestic violence charges, you have a lot to consider, and having representation is recommended.

Contact Cohn Lifland

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you are facing grave consequences. Just being accused of domestic violence can constitute a temporary restraining order until the court can address the situation. If you have been served with a restraining order, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. The state is quick to act on behalf of victims. You need effective representation that can use any legal defenses to fight against temporary and permanent restraining order. If you are facing further criminal charges, you need a persistent and effective firm that will tirelessly fight on your behalf. Cohn Lifland has served New Jersey with quality legal services for over 90 years. If you need an attorney that is passionate about the law and committed to clients, contact Cohn Lifland for a consultation.

Contact:

Joshua P. Cohn

Joseph A. Maurice

Richard A. Schnoll

Cohn, Lifland, Pearlman, Herrmann and Knopf LLP
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