A Short Introduction to Domestic Violence Laws in New Jersey
Conviction of domestic violence in New Jersey can carry penalties like jail or prison time, fines, and other consequences. The court may also issue a restraining order either before or after the trial or plea is entered.
In New Jersey, a domestic violence charge typically consists of three components: who did it, what happened, and to whom it happened.
The defendant in a domestic violence case is typically an adult or an emancipated minor (a minor with the legal responsibilities of an adult). The charges will typically claim that the person committed one of the following actions:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespass
Finally, to be charged as domestic violence, the claim must be made that the person being charged committed one or more of the above offenses against a current or former spouse or household member who is an adult or emancipated minor; a person with whom the defendant has or is expecting a child; or a person whom the defendant dated or is dating.
Punishment for a domestic violence conviction depends on the grade of the crime as charged. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand exactly what you’ve been charged with and build a case that responds to those charges using the most effective available evidence.
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