Domestic Violence Lawyer Hackensack NJ
Domestic violence charges can cause some serious problems if convicted, ranging from things like problems with employment to an inability to apply for a license to carry a firearm, and much more. These types of cases are typically very emotionally-involved, and it is important to have an objective, experienced attorney representing your case to ensure that you are moving towards a favorable outcome. Statistics in the United States, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, show that 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime,” meaning that these cases are not only common in courts but that it is important to ensure that the full story is made clear before a ruling is made. The courts hear many of these cases and may be inclined to take the case at face value instead of understanding any nuances or details before making a final decision.
If you have been accused of domestic violence and are facing charges related to this accusation in the New Jersey courts, contact the team at the Lustberg Law Offices, LLC as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation about your case, where we will be able to speak about your charges and how we can help you move forward as your legal defense team.
Read more below about some common types of domestic charges in New Jersey, and contact us now in order to speak directly with our team about how we can help. It is important that your rights are upheld through every step of this process, and that your side of the story is both heard and considered. As your defense team, we will be happy to give you the support you deserve.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence, as a general term, is any sort of violence that is committed against a domestic relationship such as a spouse, parent, or child. It also includes ex-partners and other relatives or close family friends. Domestic violence can take many different forms, such as the following:
- Sexual domestic violence
- Physical assault or threats of physical violence
- Verbal and emotional abuse
As you can imagine, there are many different situations that can fall under either of these three categories, among others, that qualify as domestic violence and can result in significant criminal charges and penalties if convicted. Domestic violence cases can tear families apart, which is why it is so important that your defense attorney understands these sensitive situations and can help you navigate your legal issues as best as possible.
There are many other situations beyond the three general examples listed above that can qualify as domestic violence depending on the relationships of the people involved, the nature of the crime, and more. In 2012, there were 65,060 domestic violence offenses reported by the police in the state of New Jersey, which was a 7% decrease from the reported incidents the year before.
Working With a Domestic Violence Lawyer in Hackensack
As you may already realize, domestic violence charges can be very disruptive to your life. In many cases, these charges may also involve restraining orders that can impact your living arrangement, ability to get to and from work or bar you from many other things that you need to do in order to live a normal life. In cases where there are children involved, the restraining orders can keep parents and guardians away from their children for extended periods of time, which can be a terrible experience for children and guardians or parents alike.
When you hire a domestic violence attorney, you are taking the first step towards having all of the information about your case examined by the courts, and not just one side of the story or reports from a moment when emotions were very high. When you are facing these types of charges, it is understandable that you can be extremely emotional, which is why it is so important that you have someone on your side who can remain objective and rational while helping you find a productive path forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are just a few frequently asked questions that we are more than happy to answer during your free initial consultation with our team. Keep in mind that these following answers are intended to provide you with a general idea, but in order to get specific answers to your situation you will need to work directly with an experienced legal professional to build a strong defense.
Who can commit acts of domestic violence?
Typically, the people who are charged with domestic violence are relations like parents, guardians, siblings, extended family members, or close family friends. However, since these cases are all unique and the circumstances that lead to the arrest and charges are all different, these are not the only relationships that can result in charges of domestic violence in New Jersey.
Will I be able to see my children after a temporary restraining order is filed following a domestic violence charge?
If you have had a restraining or protective order placed against you following an arrest for domestic violence, we will need to explore a range of different factors before we can determine what the likely next steps are, and how to work towards a favorable outcome for your case. The New Jersey family courts and a prosecutor will need to investigate the charges and ultimately determine what sort of protections will be put into place.
Is child abuse a form of domestic violence?
Any form of child abuse can also be considered and charged as domestic violence, depending on the relationship between the child and the abuser. In cases where the abuser is a family member or family friend then there is a strong likelihood that it will be treated as a domestic violence case, but there are many other situations that could warrant similar treatment of charges.