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South Amboy NJ Domestic Violence Lawyers
A domestic violence charge can put your life in turmoil. Beyond the consequences of a criminal offense like simple assault, harassment aggravated assault or terroristic threat, an individual is exposed to a restraining order if they allegedly commit domestic violence. This is why you need to be represented by experienced domestic violence lawyers if you have been charged with a criminal offense of this nature or have been served with a temporary restraining order.
An attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has what you need to mount a potent defense to allegations of domestic violence. Our firm has over a century of combined experience defending restraining orders at the Middlesex County Superior Court and related criminal offenses in South Amboy Municipal Court and at the county courthouse. To learn what a skilled criminal defense lawyer on our team can do to avoid you domestic violence offense, contact our Woodbridge Office. Attorneys are available now at 732-634-0700.
Domestic Violence Charges in South Amboy New Jersey
In New Jersey, domestic violence is an act of violence or a threat perpetrated against someone with whom you have a close or intimate relationship. A relationship which falls within the ambit of domestic violence includes a spouse, former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, someone who the victim has dated, an unmarried partner, a roommate or household member, or a co-parent. When such an individual is the victim of an incident of domestic violence, they are entitled to obtain a temporary restraining order. This relief bars any contact between the defendant and victim until such time as a judge makes a decision, after a full hearing, as to whether the restraining order should become final and permanent. This hearing is referred to as a final restraining order hearing.
An incident of domestic violence can arise in many ways. The commission of the following offenses against a qualifying victim constitutes domestic violence:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Terroristic Threats
- Criminal Restraint
- Criminal Mischief
When police respond to a domestic dispute, they will almost always arrest someone and take them to jail. No physical evidence is required for you to be arrested. There is no requirement of bruises, marks, or any other physical harm. An eyewitness, other than the alleged victim, is also not required and the police can arrest you for something that supposedly happened days or weeks earlier.
Domestic violence offenses have serious consequences. Depending on the underlying crime, a domestic violence offense may be charged as either a disorderly person’s offense (a misdemeanor) or an indictable crime (a felony) and be subject to penalties, including probation, fines, jail time, lengthy and expensive counseling classes, restricted time with your children, and restrictions on your ability to own a firearm.
In addition, an arrest for a domestic violence offense is often accompanied by a temporary restraining order that usually prohibits you from having any contact with the alleged victim and may require you to stay out of your own home.
South Amboy Restraining Order Defense Lawyers
Your most important right when charged with domestic violence is to be represented by an attorney. A highly experienced domestic violence lawyer is going to provide you with the best opportunity to reach a favorable outcome. The team of defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have this level of expertise with decades of success stories representing domestic violence clients in South Amboy and at the Superior Court. Call our office at 732-634-0700 to speak to one of our attorneys free of charge.