New Jersey Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
New Jersey courts take allegations of domestic violence very seriously. A domestic violence conviction can result in jail time, fines, loss of child custody, and can have a serious impact on your personal and professional life.
We understand how serious domestic violence allegations can be, and we are prepared to help you understand your rights and prepare a strong defense for the accusations you are facing.
Every individual has the right to defend himself or herself against criminal accusations, and domestic violence claims are no exception. If you have been charged with any of the crimes listed below, it is recommended that you speak with an experienced domestic violence lawyer about your case:
When you have been accused of a domestic violence offense, it is extremely important to reach out to a New Jersey domestic violence attorney as soon as possible. As a former criminal prosecutor, Jason A. Volet understands how seriously domestic violence cases are in New Jersey. He also understands just how important it is for those accused of domestic violence crimes to have a dedicated advocate who can help to build a strong defense.
At The Law Office of Jason A. Volet, we use proven domestic violence criminal defense strategies designed for domestic violence accusations, and we can help you prove your innocence. Within the bounds of the law, we will do whatever it takes to help with your case.
Domestic violence lawyer Jason A. Volet’s qualifications include:
- Certification as a Criminal Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
- Over 15 years of experience in handing domestic violence charges and other criminal charges.
- Experience as a former assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County.
- Handling over 2,000 cases as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.
- A law practice that concentrates only on criminal defense.
If you are facing domestic violence charges in New Jersey, get in touch with Mr. Volet today. He will review the circumstances of your case and advise you about your best legal options. The free initial consultation is completely confidential and carries no further obligations on your part.
Contact Jason A. Volet now for a free evaluation of your case.
Understanding Domestic Violence Offenses in New Jersey
As the New Jersey State Police website explains, domestic violence usually is defined generally as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.”
Domestic violence is not limited to physical violence. It can include allegations of “physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” Given that the definition of domestic violence-related behaviors tends to be broad, it is possible to be wrongly accused of a domestic violence offense.
New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 clarifies that any of the following crimes can be considered domestic violence offenses under the law:
- Homicide (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1)
- Assault (N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1)
- Terroristic threats (N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3)
- Stalking (N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10)
- Kidnapping (N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1)
- Criminal restraint (N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2)
- False imprisonment (N.J.S.A. 2C:13-3)
- Sexual assault (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2)
- Criminal sexual contact (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3)
- Lewdness (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4)
- Criminal mischief (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3)
- Burglary (N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2)
- Criminal trespass (N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3)
- Harassment (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4)
These include extremely serious offenses. If you are being investigated for a domestic violence crime or have been charged with a domestic violence offense, you should discuss your defense with a criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey as soon as possible.
New Jersey Domestic Violence Penalties and Your Criminal Record
In certain situations, New Jersey law requires mandatory arrest. There are numerous factors that must exist for a mandatory arrest. Otherwise, arrest is up to the discretion of the officer when there is probable cause to believe that domestic violence has occurred.
If you are arrested and charged with a domestic violence offense, it is essential to contact a domestic violence defense lawyer to help with your case.
Depending on the type of domestic violence offense you are charged with, the penalties can vary. Many domestic violence offenses are indictable crimes, which can carry a term of imprisonment. Even if you are convicted of a petty disorderly persons offense for a simple assault, the conviction can have serious consequences.
Even if you are not facing specific criminal charges but are facing a possible restraining order, it is important to understand that such an order can impact your ability to see your children, and it can change your relationship with your family members and friends. Violating a restraining order — even if you do not believe it was issued legitimately — can result in substantial fines and jail time.
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