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Monroe Domestic Violence Lawyer
Not long ago, incidents of domestic violence were commonly ignored by police in Monroe New Jersey and everywhere because it was considered a private family matter. The tide has clearly shifted and now there is zero tolerance for simple assault, harassment, terrroristic threats or other acts of domestic violence. It is therefore imperative for anyone accused of such conduct or served with a restraining order based on allegations of these types of acts to retain a skilled domestic violence lawyer.
When the Monroe Police are called to the scene of domestic conflict, there is a strict protocol that must be followed. They are required to make an arrest if there are any signs of injury or have discretion to do so if they reasonably believe that aggravated assault or another form of domestic violence has been committed. They are also required to given the victim the option of securing a temporary restraining order. An individual accused of domestic violence in Monroe Township therefore often faces both a criminal offense for an act of alleged violence and also separate family court proceedings involving a restraining order.
If you were charged with a disorderly persons offense or indictable crime for domestic violence, or were served with a temporary restraining order, do not make the mistake of trying to handle these cases without the services of an accomplished attorney. A conviction will leave you with a record that can dog you for years, effecting your ability to obtain employment, maintain a professional license or renew your green card or Visa. Selecting the best lawyers you can find to handle your domestic violence case is precisely what is needed to avert pitfalls such as these.
Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we can offer representation by a highly qualified team of seasoned criminal defense attorneys. We are former county and municipal prosecutors with more than 100 years of combined experience defending criminal charges and final retraining order hearings arising out of incidents of alleged domestic violence in Monroe NJ and other municipalities in Middlesex County. Call us at 732-246-7126 to speak to a lawyer with the know how required to successfully defend your case. We handle all aspects of domestic violence offenses, including a:
- Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
- Final Restraining Order (FRO)
- Violation of a Restraining Order
- Criminal Charge of Domestic Violence including Simple Assault, Stalking, Terroristic Threat, Harassment and Aggravated Assault
Domestic Violence Charges in Monroe, NJ
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A.2C:25-17 et seq.) defines domestic violence to include 14 enumerated criminal offenses perpetrated by an adult or emancipated minor upon a current or former spouse, household member, dating partner, or co-parent (including a future co-parent in the event that one party is pregnant). These 14 criminal offenses are as follows:
- Assault (Simple or Aggravated)
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespass
You may also be charged with a domestic violence offense if you threaten another with violence, damage their property, engage in following or watching them, or communicate with them excessively or in an inappropriate manner, or if you attempt to engage in any of these behaviors.
Consequences of Domestic Violence in Monroe, NJ
Several remedies are available to domestic violence victims, including both temporary and permanent restraining orders as well as orders related to temporary child support, alimony, and other forms of financial assistance.
Criminal charges may also be brought against you related to the underlying criminal charge(s). Even a misdemeanor conviction for a domestic violence charge can result in a period probation, jail time, mandatory counseling and/or hefty fines. A felony conviction will result in even more severe penalties.
However, the real price of a domestic violence conviction goes far beyond the restraining orders and criminal penalties. Even if the sentence you receive from the court after being found guilty of, or pleading guilty to a domestic violence offense is relatively light, there are other potential undesirable consequences, including:
- Loss of employment opportunities
- Loss of professional licenses
- Loss of your rights to own purchase or carrying a firearm
- Loss of your legal immigration status
- Loss of custody or visitation with your children
If you are accused of domestic violence, the court will normally issue a temporary restraining order against you to protect the alleged victim. Do not violate this order or you may incur yet another criminal charge for violating the order of protection.
An experienced New Jersey domestic violence attorney may be able to help you get the temporary restraining order dismissed and avoid having a permanent restraining order placed against you.
Monroe NJ Restraining Order Defense Attorney
False accusations of domestic violence often occur in divorce cases when one party is looking for a way to convince the court to force the other party to leave the house. That party files a domestic violence complaint despite the fact that the other party has not committed any act of domestic violence.
This way the judge will issue a temporary restraining order forcing the other party to leave until such time as a hearing takes place to evaluate the merits of the restraining order. In the meantime, not only has the accused been forced out of the house, they are often forbidden from having contact with their children.
When it comes to Domestic violence, your rights and obligations under the law should be your primary concern. Our attorneys believe that society should be doing whatever we can to protect the rights of domestic violence victims. However, we have also dedicated ourselves to helping those who have been unjustly accused of domestic violence
Call The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall at 732–227–1200, or send us a message here, day or night. We will evaluate the circumstance of domestic violence charge and explain to you how the charge can best be defended. The earlier you get us involved the more we help. Call today.