Domestic Violence Attorneys in Morris County NJ
Domestic violence offenses, perhaps more so than any other set of offenses in the New Jersey criminal code, have the potential to turn your life upside down. Those accused of domestic violence not only typically face an assault, harassment, terroristic threat, harassment, stalking or some other criminal charge constituting domestic violence but also the ramifications of a restraining order restricting where they can live, who they can communicate with, and when they can see their children, if at all. So whenever someone is accused of a pattern of physical, verbal and/or mental abuse by a current or former spouse, household member, or boyfriend/girlfriend, they must take these allegations extremely serious. There is absolutely no doubt that this requires hiring an experienced defense attorney to fight for you in both the criminal proceedings and at the final restraining order hearing in the Family Division. Our attorneys, many of whom are former prosecutors, are tenacious advocates that know the best approaches for dismantling a temporary restraining order and a domestic violence case. The Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver has been representing Defendant’s in Final Restraining Order Hearings in Morris County, New Jersey for over fifteen years. If you or someone else you know has been charged with a criminal offense or a temporary restraining order in towns like Denville, Morristown, Rockaway, Boonton, Parsippany or Roxbury, please contact our Morristown Office at 973-309-7050 to learn how we can help you. Our initial consultations are always free and our Morris County criminal defense lawyers can be reached 24/7.
Skilled Domestic Violence Lawyers in Morristown NJ
In order for the New Jersey Domestic Violence Act to be applied against you, your accuser must fall within the class of individuals protected by this law and have endured at least one incident of domestic violence. This means that the “victim” must have: (1) been a spouse, former spouse, or current or former household member of the defendant; (2) a child in common, anticipate having a child in common or are pregnant with a child of the defendant; or (3) had a prior dating relationship with the defendant (i.e. typically more than a single date although courts are directed to interpret this term liberally). The second thing that must be established by the complainant is that they were the victim of some incident of domestic violence including:
- simple assault
- aggravated assault
- criminal restraint
- sexual assault
- criminal sexual assault
- criminal mischief
- criminal trespass
- terroristic threat
Experienced Morris County NJ Domestic Violence Attorneys
Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully challenging a criminal offense or restraining order in a domestic violence matter. As a legal defense firm with many former prosecutors and literally thousands of these cases handled over our 100 plus years in practice, we have the muscle you need to make sure your life remains intact. Here is some information on some of the key aspects of domestic violence cases:
- Final Restraining Order Hearings
- Temporary Restraining Orders
- Violation of Restraining Orders
- Vacating a Final Restraining Order
Fighting The Restraining Order Is A Must
The most pressing domestic violence issue probably confronting you at this moment is a temporary restraining order (“TRO”). A TRO hearing will take place within a week or so that will determine whether TRO will become a FRO. What this means is that unless you take serious action to protect yourself and win this hearing, you will be permanently: (1) barred from returning to the house, apartment or residence you occupied with the victim; (2) precluded from owning or possessing any firearms or other weapons; (3) limited in your custody and/or visitation with the children of the relationship; and (4) obligated to provide financial support. The good news is that there will be no restrains, let alone permanent ones, if you successfully contest the restraining order hearing. You absolutely must remember that this proceeding is the only opportunity for you to present your side of the case and prevent the restraints from becoming permanent. It is imperative, therefore, that you have not only competent, but the best legal services that you can obtain in order to defeat continuation of the restraints.
Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys Serving all of Morris County
At the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver we have assisted clients facing serious accusations of domestic violence in numerous cases. A number of our attorneys were, as previously stated, former county prosecutors who spent years on the other side prosecuting these types of charges. We know the ins and outs of domestic violence and have the experience to help you preserve your rights. So please, if you or a loved one has been charged with a crime or is subject to a temporary restraining order as a result of allegations of domestic violence, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our Morris County, NJ domestic violence attorneys are available 24/7 to answer any questions that you may have.