More Than 35 Years of Experience in Domestic Violence Cases
To fight the destructive effects of domestic violence on families, the New Jersey legislature has passed severe laws to punish those who abuse a spouse or significant other. If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you may be facing removal from your home, jail time and other major consequences.
You need an advocate on your side. I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a partner at The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo and a family violence lawyer with more than 35 years of legal experience.
Contact me or call me at 908-643-6801 to schedule a free initial consultation about criminal charges or restraining orders involving spousal abuse or other domestic violence allegations.
Guiding You When You Face Multiple Proceedings
If you are accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, you may face proceedings in two separate courts. A person who makes allegations of domestic violence can seek a restraining order in domestic relations court. If the prosecutor decides to bring criminal charges, you will be prosecuted in the criminal court.
I provide vigorous criminal defense for people facing any type of New Jersey domestic violence offense.
- Child abuse
- Violation of a restraining order
If a temporary restraining order (TRO) is issued against you, you are entitled to a hearing within five days. If you do not request a hearing, the restraining order may be made permanent.
A restraining order can keep you away from your home and children, and you can be forced to still pay all the expenses in the home you have been removed from. If you violate the restraining order through entry into the home or stalking or harassing the accuser, you could end up going to jail. This is why you should always work with a restraining order lawyer to assert your rights at this important domestic violence hearing.
Penalties For Domestic Violence In New Jersey
If you are accused of physical violence, including simple assault, terroristic threats or domestic sexual assault, you may also face criminal charges. Like any other criminal charges, charges of harassment, violation of restraining orders or weapons offenses can result in jail time, a criminal record and other serious consequences for child abuse or stalking.
The exact penalties you may be facing depend on the details of your case. More serious accusations are typically classified as indictable crimes and may land you in prison if you are found guilty. These can include claims of stalking, sexual assault, terroristic threats and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Even if you are facing a disorderly persons offense for a smaller altercation, the penalties can involve jail time and large fines. Whenever you face a domestic violence allegation, you should seek help from a domestic assault lawyer to defend your reputation, your freedom and your rights. With over 35 years of experience, I will ensure the law treats you fairly.
Pursuing Safety For Domestic Violence Victims
While prosecutors may bring criminal charges based on domestic violence accusations, it is up to the accuser to seek a restraining order against the accused person. In some cases, a restraining order may be the best way to ensure your personal safety.
If you are either a victim of domestic violence or a defendant charged with domestic violence, I can help you. If a hearing is required, I will represent you at that hearing.
Get The Strategic Defense You Need
Contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, to get skilled assistance from an experienced domestic violence lawyer who will fight aggressively to defend you against domestic violence accusations. Call at 908-643-6801 to schedule a free initial consultation in our Cranford, South Orange or Elizabeth, New Jersey, law offices.