If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is very important to contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously in New Jersey. Skilled representation can help you preserve your rights and fight your case.
The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act applies to abuse against spouses and former spouses, current or former household members, people you are or have dated, and the parent of a child. It is not necessary to be living with or related to someone to be charged with domestic violence. The law covers many types of abuse.
In New Jersey, assault can be charged as simple assault or aggravated assault. Someone can be charged with simple assault for attempting to cause or recklessly causing bodily injury to someone, negligently using a deadly weapon that causes injury, or using menace to make someone afraid of bodily injury. Aggravated assault, the more serious charge, is an attempt to cause or recklessly causing serious bodily injury, showing extreme indifference to human life by causing injury, attempting to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon, or pointing a firearm at someone, even if the gun is not loaded.
Many types of behavior can result in a harassment charge, including:
New Jersey law defines terrorist threats as threats to commit any violence with the intent of scaring someone or threatening to kill someone to put them in fear of death.
Someone charged with domestic violence may be facing very serious consequences from the court. If you are charged, the court may prohibit you from returning to the location, going near where the victim lives or works, and making contact with the victim. You may also be required to pay a fee to the victim or attend treatment. You can also be barred from possessing weapons.
There are two types of restraining orders:
There are many domestic violence initiatives in New Jersey that can complicate your charges. The Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein is here to help you. We will fight to defend your rights, help you understand what you are facing, and work to get the charges dismissed or your penalties reduced. Contact our office at (609) 665-3338 for a free consultation to discuss your case.