Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ Skillfully Represent Victims in Cases Involving Domestic Violence in Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout South Jersey
If the police are dispatched to your home in New Jersey because of a domestic violence complaint, they are required by law to arrest the suspect if the victim or accuser displays signs of harm or injury. Victims and accusers can be anyone but are often a wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, partner, or other family or household member. Even in the absence of signs of harm or injury to a victim, the accused can be arrested and charged with a crime. While domestic violence is a serious crime, it is common for otherwise innocent individuals to be caught up in or implicated in domestic violence charges. If this has happened to you, the experienced New Jersey domestic violence attorneys at Agre & St. John can help clear your name. We will skillfully represent you in court and handle all legal proceedings for you, and you can confidently leave all of your legal concerns to us. To learn more, reach out to our domestic violence defense lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ today.
Don't face criminal charges alone – contact Agre & St. John today for experienced legal representation that will fight to protect your rights.
New Jersey Domestic Violence Attorneys
Domestic violence charges can lead to a restraining order, which can have a serious impact on you, your family, and your finances. Furthermore, if the police decide to charge you with an additional crime of violence – this can include kidnapping, harassment, assault, stalking, or confinement – then you can face harsher sentences that include additional jail time, fines, and the loss of other privileges.
The best way to handle a domestic violence case is to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An established and respected attorney from Agre & St. John can help you keep an internal family matter from escalating into a criminal case. Even where some harm may have occurred, we can still help you secure the best possible outcome for your case.
Understanding the Legal Aspects of New Jersey Domestic Violence Complaints
How our New Jersey domestic violence attorneys will handle your case will depend on the specifics of the complaints filed against you. In New Jersey, the police must arrest and take into custody domestic violence suspects and they must sign the criminal complaint filed against that person if the alleged victim shows signs of injury that are consistent with and/or caused by acts of domestic violence.
Arrests are also required for domestic violence cases if:
- There is probable cause for the police to believe that a weapon was involved
- It looks like the victim may have an internal injury
- A restraining order was violated
- Other relevant factors substantiate an arrest
Even if these conditions are not satisfied, the police can make a discretionary arrest and formally sign criminal charges of domestic violence against you.
You can also face additional criminal charges and potentially harsher penalties depending on the circumstances of your arrest, such as charges for:
- Criminal trespass
- Simple or aggravated assault
- Terroristic threats
- Sexual and/or aggravated sexual assault
- False Imprisonment
Victims can be a spouse, former spouse, current or former household members, anyone in a relationship of any kind with the accused, or a person with whom the victim has a child in common or anticipates having a child. Elderly adults and children can also be subjected to domestic violence and abuse. However, such charges are filed under different laws, so you should speak with our knowledgeable domestic violence defense lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ for professional assistance with your case.
How Our Trained Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ Will Help If You Face Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence cases often devolve into he-said-she-said situations. Remember that we are fighting for you and your rights and will represent you from start to finish, and our first priority if you are arrested will be to have you released from custody. We will then investigate your case to answer questions that will determine the validity of your case and the charges you face. Questions that we will seek answers to include:
- Was the alleged incident or act of violence committed intentionally or accidentally?
- Does the police report of the incident match what you remember about what happened?
- Are there 9-1-1 recordings that can be used to corroborate or refute any testimony?
- What do the medical records or photos of injuries sustained during the incident show?
- Could any injuries or harm have been sustained or committed in self-defense or because of the intentional self-harm of the alleged victim?
- Were there any witnesses?
- Can mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, impairment, previous false statements, or other factors be used to discredit any party’s testimony?
- Are there other factors that can be used to prove your innocence, such as physical or mental incapacitation or an alibi for when the alleged incident was purported to have taken place?
Take control of your defense – schedule a confidential consultation with Agre & St. John's experienced criminal defense team to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
Speak to Our Compassionate and Understanding New Jersey Domestic Violence Attorneys Today
We understand that many domestic violence charges and claims are made out of passion and without much thought to the consequences, and it is not unusual for domestic violence charges to eventually be withdrawn by the accuser. We can also use your participation in, for example, anger management classes or diversionary programs to have charges or restraining orders lifted. For a deeper understanding of what we can do to help with your case, contact our domestic violence defense lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ today.