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Spotswood NJ Domestic Violence Attorney

Former Middlesex County Prosecutors For A Restraining Order Or Domestic Violence Criminal Charge in Spotswood New Jersey

Domestic violence occurs in all communities, involving people from all walks of life, so Spotswood is naturally effected by this type of conduct. It is an area of law is unique since it often results in both a criminal charge and issuance of a restraining order. A domestic violence case also tends to a spectrum of motions like anger, shame, and a perceived loss of control. These dynamics, along with the extreme consequences that come with losing a domestic violence matter, make it essential for you to retain a skilled attorney to defend your Spotswood domestic violence charges and/or temporary restraining order (“TRO”).

If you have been arrested or charged with a domestic violence offense, or if you have been served with a temporary restraining order (TRO), you should consider contacting the lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients who have been accused of simple assault, stalking, aggravated assault, harassment, a  terroristic threat or another offense under the New Jersey Domestic Violence Prevention Act. Our firm offers a free initial consultation so that you can discuss your rights and options without obligation. Call us today at 732-246-7126 to speak to a highly knowledgeable defense lawyer immediately.

Domestic Violence Offenses in the Borough of Spotswood

How is a domestic violence charge initiated? In New Jersey, a domestic violence charge arises either when the alleged victim obtains a restraining order against you, or when the police file a criminal complaint for domestic violence against you.

What court handles domestic violence offenses? Less serious cases of domestic violence, those which a disorderly persons offense, are handled in Spotswood Municipal Court. However, more serious cases like those involving a terroristic threat, burglary or aggravated assault, must be directed to the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

What type of relationship is needed to make something domestic violence? Offenses that involve domestic violence are offenses that occur between:

• People who are, or were, married to each other;
• People who are living together, or who used to live together;
• People who have a child in common; or
• People who are in a dating relationship.

What type of crime is considered a domestic violence offense? New Jersey law lists the crimes that are considered “domestic violence offenses.” They are:

• Homicide
• Simple Assault & Aggravated Assault
• Terroristic Threats
• Kidnapping
• Criminal Restraint
• False Imprisonment
• Sexual Assault
• Criminal Sexual Contact
• Lewdness
• Criminal Mischief
• Burglary
• Criminal Trespass
• Harassment
• Stalking
• Criminal Coercion
• Robbery
• Any other crime involving the risk of death or serious bodily injury

What are the possible penalties for a domestic violence charge? The potential penalty depends upon which offense in the list above was involved in the domestic violence incident. In general, however, penalties could include jail time, monetary fines, counseling, anger management classes, drug treatment, and other conditions during a period of probation. Your attorney can give you more detail on the possible consequences of conviction for a domestic violence offense.

What is a restraining order? A restraining order, either temporary or permanent, is a court order that mandates that a defendant maintain a certain distance away from an alleged domestic violence victim. A restraining order could also have other conditions that a defendant must follow. Restraining orders are often a component of a domestic violence matter. Violations of a restraining order can lead to further criminal charges in addition to the already-charged domestic violence charges.

Spotswood Domestic Violence Lawyers

If you are facing a domestic violence charge and/or a restraining order, do not make the mistake of attempting to tackle your defense without the assistance of an accomplished attorney. A lawyer who is skilled in defending domestic violence charges is going to provide you with the best opportunity to win your final restraining order hearing and avoid a criminal conviction. The lawyers at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall have been practicing in the criminal and family court for decades. They will review your case, evaluate all of the potential defenses, and aggressively represent you in court to make sure that you get the best resolution for your Spotswood domestic violence case. Call us 732-246-7126 for a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

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