NJ Domestic Violence Law
Have you been charged with Domestic Violence in New Jersey?
The definition of domestic violence is action taken by one partner in a relationship to control the other. In New Jersey, domestic violence statistics show that there were 71,901 domestic violence acts reported in 2007, and domestic violence facts show that over 30% of these incidents resulted in arrests. Under New Jersey domestic violence laws, when a domestic violence victim calls the police, the accused must be arrested if there are any signs of physical injury.
Domestic violence cases usually involve restraining orders coupled with additional charges like Stalking, Assault, Criminal Trespass, or Criminal Sexual Contact.
My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, domestic violence attorney, and I will handle your case with the right balance of sensitivity and aggressiveness to obtain success on your behalf . To learn how to win your case contact me at 908-643-6801 .
Domestic Violence Laws in New Jersey
Domestic Violence can take place in various kinds of relationships, and whether the incident involves spouses, separated or divorced couples, couples living together, or even those just dating, allegations are always serious. Domestic violence acts can range from controlling emotions to physical abuse. Take a look at the following examples of domestic violence.
What Acts Constitute Domestic Violence:
- Threatening physical harm
- Physical harm
- Name calling
- Withholding money
- Sexual Assault
New Jersey statistics on domestic violence released in 2007 showed that 76% of victims were women, and most of those accused were men. Most incidents took place between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. and the most common day for a domestic violence incident was Sunday. Domestic violence facts also show that children were involved in more than 30% of all incidents.
Domestic Violence Consequences
Penalties for domestic violence charges vary based on the circumstances of each case. Under New Jersey law, in order for domestic violence charges to result, one of the following criminal offenses must take place:
- Criminal Restraint
- False Imprisonment
- Terroristic Threat
- Sexual Assault
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Trespass
- Criminal Sexual Contact
The penalties vary based on the criminal act committed. Additionally, allegations of the above charges are often coupled with the issuance of a Restraining Order, which can be issued on little to no evidence. Restraining orders can take a heavy toll on your finances and make it exceedingly difficult to reconcile with your family because they often require a spouse to stay away from the house, but continue to make payments toward the family finances. A violation of a restraining order results in independent charges for criminal contempt and a second violation results in an automatic jail sentence.
In New Jersey, domestic violence cases can be negotiated by plea agreement. At The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo, I have had thousands of domestic violence charges dismissed or reduced. Don’t hesitate to call me to discuss your charges, I can help you.
Defending Your Domestic Violence Charge In New Jersey
If you have been involved in a domestic violence incident in Union County, you should seek legal counsel right away. I offer all my clients a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your rights, and you can make an informed decision about your case. If you have received a restraining order, make sure to the follow it carefully, and do not try to contact your spouse. Domestic violence charges can be withdrawn, and the order may be terminated, but if you violate the order, independent charges may result.
Domestic violence charges usually occur during the most tumultuous times in a person’s life. I understand what you are going through, and I have successfully helped thousands of people resolve their domestic violence matters so that they can reconcile with their families or move on with their lives. Contact me today at 908-643-6801 for a free initial consultation by phone or in person.
The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo: 190 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016; and 740 Newark Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208.