Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey

In New Jersey, domestic violence crimes are punished harshly.  Domestic violence crimes include the following crimes, when committed by an adult against a person who meets the criteria of a domestic violence victim:

  • Homicide;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Assault;
  • Criminal restraint;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Terroristic threats;
  • Harassment;
  • And several others.

Domestic violence victims could include a current or former spouse, a current or former household member, a person you are dating, or a person with whom you are expecting a child.

Penalties for Domestic Violence Offenses

Potential penalties for domestic violence crimes vary depending on the nature of the crime.  Those charged with a domestic violence offense could face several years in prison, considerable fines, and a permanent criminal record.  Anyone charged with one of these crimes should seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Preparing Your Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

Defending against a domestic violence charge can be difficult and stressful.  Your criminal defense attorney will thoroughly investigate and evaluate your charges to assist you in developing your strongest possible legal defense.  It is imperative that you abide by the no-contact order, if the court orders one.  Violating this order alone could result in jail time.  Even though you may be tempted to reach out to the victim in an attempt to mend things, doing so could send you right back to jail.

Domestic violence cases are often emotionally charged because they involve someone you are close to.  Your best defense will depend on the precise circumstances surrounding the arrest.  In some cases, you may be able to prove you acted in self-defense.  If you were concerned for your own safety, you may not be held accountable for any actions harming the victim.    Other avenues for your defense could include attacking the facts of the incident to urge they do not meet the legal elements of the crime.

If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, your freedom and future are at stake.  Take action to secure the representation of a domestic violence attorney today.  With your attorney’s assistance, you can mount the strongest defense against the serious charges against you.