Marlton Domestic Violence Lawyer
Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer John B. Brennan Advocates for the Rights and Interests of Clients Accused of Domestic Violence in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout New Jersey
Domestic violence is a matter that is taken incredibly seriously by authorities and the courts in New Jersey. Cases involving domestic violence constitute both a civil and a criminal matter. While the victims of domestic violence can seek protection for themselves in civil court, the acts that give rise to a domestic violence victim’s right to protective orders also constitute criminal acts under New Jersey’s law. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need experienced legal counsel who can help you navigate the complexities of a domestic violence case.
Facing Charges For Domestic Violence And Have Questions? I Can Help, Tell Me What Happened.
For over three decades, I have worked exclusively in the criminal justice system, including 25 years spent as a criminal prosecutor. My experience gives me a unique insight into how the state builds its criminal case, so I know how to identify potential weaknesses in evidence or legal theories and begin crafting a targeted, effective legal defense strategy on your behalf. I provide comprehensive advice and guidance throughout the process so that you fully understand your legal rights and obligations as your case progresses. I also promptly respond to all calls and emails, so that your questions are always answered and you stay up-to-date on the developments in your case.
Contact me today for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your matter in detail and to receive a thorough, honest assessment of your options and the possible outcomes in your case, and how having a knowledgeable attorney like myself in your corner can increase your likelihood of securing an optimal outcome to your domestic violence allegations and charges.
Domestic Violence Laws in New Jersey
In New Jersey, domestic violence cases are governed by the state’s Domestic Violence Protection Act, which provides legal protections for individuals from abuse by persons close to them. The DVPA lists several categories of relationships that fall within the statute’s scope, including:
- A spouse or ex-spouse
- A boyfriend, girlfriend, or another partner in an intimate, romantic, or sexual relationship (whether currently or formerly)
- The parent of your child or expected child
- Any current or former member of your household (whether related by blood/law/marriage or not)
Under the DVPA, there is a list of predicate acts that are defined by the statute as constituting domestic violence. These acts include:
- Terroristic threats
- Sexual assault
- Criminal restraint
- Criminal sexual contact
- False imprisonment
- Criminal mischief (such as vandalizing a domestic violence victim’s home or vehicle)
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal coercion
- Contempt of a domestic violence or restraining order, which constitute a disorderly persons criminal offense
- Any other act that involves risk of serious bodily injury or death to a person protected by law
Although domestic violence laws do not require that an alleged perpetrator be arrested for having committed a predicate act of domestic violence, each predicate act is also outlawed by New Jersey’s criminal statutes and can result in a criminal arrest and conviction.
Skilled Defense Attorney John B. Brennan Will Guide You Through the Criminal Justice Process in Your Domestic Violence Case
A domestic violence accusation can have a serious impact on your personal and professional life and relationships. A restraining order can place restrictions on where you can live and go and on your ability to maintain relationships with family members or other loved ones. Being arrested and charged with a domestic violence crime also puts your freedom at stake. Even the mere accusation of having committed domestic violence can be damaging for your reputation. Let me provide the dedicated and vigorous legal representation you need to face charges of domestic violence so that you can achieve the most favorable resolution possible in your case and begin as quickly as possible to move forward with your life with as little disruption as possible.
Schedule a Free, Confidential Consultation with The Law Office of John B. Brennan to Discuss Your Options in Your Case
An arrest for domestic violence can have a serious impact on your freedom and future, especially if you are ultimately convicted of a criminal offense. A domestic violence case can also affect your personal relationships with your friends and family, including those loved ones closest to you such as children, parents, or siblings. A domestic violence case is obviously an emotionally-charged matter, so let an experienced attorney such as myself make sure your rights and interests are protected throughout the process. Contact my office for a free initial consultation to talk about your case and to learn more about how I may be able to help you secure a favorable outcome to your domestic violence matter.
Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Violence in New Jersey
Although domestic violence cases and criminal cases are often intertwined with one another, with both types of cases often arising from the same incident, in a domestic violence case the alleged victim is seeking to have a restraining order placed on you to prevent further contact with the victim and/or his or her family. In a criminal case, the state is prosecuting you for having violated a criminal statute, with a conviction resulting in a sentence that may involve jail or prison time or probation, fines, and other requirements like the obligation to attend anger management or domestic violence education classes.
Yes. Police may arrest you for domestic violence under certain circumstances, including the alleged victim showing signs of injury, an active warrant for your arrest, if you have violated a restraining order, or if police have probable cause to believe you used a weapon in committing an act of domestic violence. The police may also arrest you if they have probable cause to believe you committed a predicate act of domestic violence that is charged as an indictable offense.