Domestic violence cases are prosecuted aggressively in New Jersey. Judges usually do not want to appear soft on domestic violence defendants and will often issue harsh punishments upon conviction.
In these cases, you need an experienced defense attorney who has achieved numerous successful outcomes for domestic violence defendants. For a free consultation with the lawyers at Clark & Clark, LLC, please call at 732-303-7857.
Types of Domestic Violence in New Jersey
In New Jersey, there are 14 acts that are considered acts of domestic violence:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal trespass
You may be facing charges based on alleged actions against a spouse, former spouse, someone who lives with you, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or even an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. Domestic abuse may be physical, sexual or psychological in nature.
Potential Impact of a Domestic Violence Conviction
If you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, you may be facing severe penalties, including:
- Loss of employment
- Loss of your right to see your children
- Loss of custody
- Restraining orders
- Permanent criminal record
- Mandatory registry as a sex offender
- Prison sentence
Additionally, you may face criticism and judgement from your friends, family and colleagues. In this way, a domestic violence conviction can be life-altering.
Experienced Domestic Violence Attorneys
The lawyers at Clark & Clark have spent years advocating on behalf of people charged with domestic violence in New Jersey. What sets us apart is our reputation for routinely trying cases and litigating restraining order hearings. This reputation helps us obtain the best resolutions even in cases where the proofs may not necessarily be in our clients' favor. The result is that the vast majority of restraining orders get dismissed against our clients, and the majority of criminal charges are either outright dismissed or downgraded to a non-criminal offense that has a short waiting period before becoming eligible to be expunged from your record.
Not only do our lawyers have the experience necessary to move your case in the direction we want, we also know how to tell your side of the story and demonstrate that you are not just a criminal, but a person mixed up in a dramatic situation. We will not rest until we have obtained the best possible outcome to your case.
If you live in or around Jersey City, Freehold or the surrounding areas and if you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, please call Clark & Clark, LLC, at 732-303-7857 for a free consultation.