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Plainsboro Domestic Violence Attorney

Criminal Charges & Restraining Orders in Plainsboro New Jersey

A New Jersey Attorney General Report indicates that there was a 1 percent drop in domestic violence offenses from 2014 to 2015. There were still 61,659 domestic violence offenses filed, including many in Plainsboro New Jersey.  In addition, unlike other crimes, a domestic violence incident involves a complex set of motivations, relationships, emotions, and history between the parties. If you were arrested in the Township of Plainsboro for a domestic violence charge or served with a temporary restraining order in the municipality, it is important that you obtain the services of a seasoned attorney. We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a team of skilled lawyers and former prosecutors who have been defending domestic violence cases in Painsboro Municipal Court and the Middlesex County Superior Court for decades. A free consultation with a lawyer is just at telephone call away at 732-246-7126.

Domestic Violence Offense in the Township of Plainsboro

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 is the statute that proscribes the offenses that constitute domestic violence in New Jersey. The statute can be found at N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19.

Relationships subject to domestic violence statute. The Act designates crimes that occur between people in certain relationships as “domestic violence offenses.” The types of relationships that are covered by the Act are people who are, or were, married to each other (i.e. present or past husband or wife); people who are living together, or who used to live together (e.g. sister, brother, mother, daughter, etc.); people who have a child in common; or people who are in a dating relationship (i.e. boyfriend or girlfriend). Accordingly, if a crime occurs between people in such relationships, the victim is considered a “victim of domestic violence” for purposes of the statute.

Domestic violence crimes. The Act also delineates what type of crimes are considered “domestic violence offenses.” They are as follows:

Terroristic ThreatsHarassmentSimple AssaultStalking
Aggravated AssaultCriminal MischiefHomicideKidnapping
Criminal RestraintFalse ImprisonmentSexual AssaultCriminal Sexual Contact
LewdnessTrespassCriminal CoercionRobbery

 

Penalties associated with domestic violence crimes. If you are convicted of a criminal offense involving domestic violence in Plainsboro Municipal Court or at the Criminal Division of the Middlesex County Superior Court. The penalties for the related charge hinges on the specific violation charged. Indictable crimes like aggravated assault, stalking and terroristic threats are naturally going to carry greater risk than simple assault or harassment which are disorderly persons offenses, but all result in a criminal record. Hiring an accomplished defense lawyer will arm you with the best opportunity to avoid a record and negative consequences.

Temporary and Permanent Restraining Orders. Restraining orders are often in play in a domestic violence case. An alleged domestic violence victim is able to obtain a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) without the other party having a say in the proceeding. In addition, if the alleged abuser violates a TRO, a court will consider that an additional criminal offense known as violation of a restraining order. So, it is important to understand the parameters of a TRO, however inconvenient or unfair they may be. A Marshall Firm attorney can help you avoid any issues associated with a temporary or final restraining order hearing.

Plainsboro Restraining Order Lawyer

If you are facing a TRO or domestic violence criminal charges arising in Plainsboro or elsewhere in the county, you are likely going through some difficult emotional times. Make sure you take care of yourself and your legal case by getting an experienced domestic violence lawyer. The lawyers at The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall have particular expertise in representing clients in restraining order hearings, in contempt cases and in domestic violence criminal cases. Let us help you through this challenging time in your life and get to the other side so you can move forward. Call 732-246-7126 today. The initial consultation is free.

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