The state of New Jersey takes accusations of domestic violence very seriously. So if you are accused of committing domestic violence, you have consequences ahead of you that can deeply impact your life. This is because under most circumstances, the New Jersey courts will consider this to be a criminal offense, and as such, you can be subject to serious jail time and a permanent criminal record. If this is your situation, read on to discover how a seasoned Middlesex County domestic violence attorney of the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro can work on your behalf throughout your legal proceedings.
Under New Jersey law, what is considered domestic violence?
New Jersey law recognizes domestic violence to occur in those who are married, separated, divorced, living together, dating, and those who share a child. The different types include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Simple assault.
- Physical abuse.
- Psychological abuse.
- Emotional abuse.
- Sexual abuse.
- Terroristic threats.
- Controlling behavior.
What should I expect if I am facing domestic violence charges?
If law enforcement officers arrive at your home based on a call they received about a domestic violence incident, the odds are that you will be arrested. Afterward, you will likely have a temporary restraining order (TRO) placed against you. A TRO will restrict you from seeing the individual who you were accused of abuse. And if you share a child with this individual, a TRO will restrict you from seeing them, as well.
Within the next few days or so, you will likely have to attend a hearing. Here, the New Jersey court will determine whether your TRO should be made permanent. If you are found to be guilty, then you will be issued a final restraining order and be charged with criminal and civil penalties. Meaning, you may end up spending some time in jail.
What if I am falsely accused of domestic violence?
Unfortunately, it is commonly seen in the state of New Jersey that a person is falsely accused of committing domestic violence. Importantly, it is against the law to do so.
These charges are incredibly serious, and these legal issues can be major. So it is not fair if you must undergo this when you are innocent. This is why, if this is a false accusation, you must take immediate action to defend yourself. One of the competent Middlesex County criminal defense attorneys is ready to step in and strategically fight off the charges placed against you.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.