Domestic violence (DV) is an incredibly serious crime. As a result, DV charges carry heavy penalties. Read on to learn more about domestic violence charges in New Jersey.
Victims of domestic violence:
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to domestic violence. For example, some people wrongly believe that domestic violence can only impact those of a certain race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. In reality, anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, and anyone can be a perpetrator. Generally, domestic violence occurs between the following parties:
- Married parties
- Separated parties
- Divorced parties
- Those who live together
- Dating parties
- Those who share a child or children
What does domestic violence entail?
The following crimes are examples of domestic violence:
- Simple assault
- Terroristic threats
- Sexual assault
What are the penalties for domestic violence?
If the police are called to your house due to a domestic violence dispute, you will likely be arrested. If you are charged with domestic violence, the victim will obtain a Temporary Restraining Order against you. This will mean you cannot see the victim or your children, if you have kids with this person. Generally, within the next few days, a hearing will be held to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent. If the alleged victim chooses to press charges and you are found guilty, you may spend years in jail, as well as having to pay heavy fines. In addition, you will also obtain a criminal record, which can follow you for years down the road.
What if I was falsely accused of domestic violence?
Domestic violence accusations are not taken lightly. As a result, a false accusation can irreparably harm you and your reputation. If you believe you are being wrongly accused of domestic violence, it is important to work with an experienced and dedicated attorney who will work to prove your innocence.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you will need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can begin building your case.
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