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Domestic Violence Defense for the Accused Throughout Bergen County

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The Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC defends clients throughout Bergen County against domestic violence charges. For professional and serious representation, enlist the help of Attorney Louis G. DeAngelis. He can provide you with the legal guidance you need to challenge a conviction.

Our team has been helping individuals with domestic defense for decades. Ensuring that you have all of the legal support and guidance that you need during this time is critical. Take a look at our client testimonials and see why we are the most trusted team of domestic violence attorneys in Hackensack, and throughout Bergen County, NJ.

Dial (201) 254-8484 or submit an online contact form here to schedule a free consultation today.

What Is Domestic Violence?

New Jersey defines domestic violence as the commission of one of the following offenses committed by an adult or emancipated minor against another person who is:

  • A current or former spouse who is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor;
  • A current or former household member who is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor;
  • A person with whom the perpetrator has a child or is expecting a child, regardless of the alleged victim’s age; or
  • A person with whom the defendant has had a dating relationship.

Types of Domestic Violence Offenses in NJ

To meet New Jersey’s definition of domestic violence, one of the following criminal offenses must be committed by an adult or emancipated minor against a person:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Terroristic threats
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal restraint
  • False imprisonment
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Harassment
  • Stalking

Note: An emancipated minor is a person who is under 18 years of age but who has been married, has entered military service, has had a child or is pregnant, or has been declared by a court or administrative agency to be emancipated.

Understanding the Importance of Hiring a Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic violence charges are serious and can have long-lasting consequences that can affect your personal and professional life. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to seek legal assistance from an experienced domestic violence attorney as soon as possible.

Here are some ways a domestic violence attorney can help you:

  • Protect Your Rights: A domestic violence attorney can protect your constitutional rights and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the legal process.
  • Provide Legal Advice: A domestic violence attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance on how to proceed with your case.
  • Investigate the Facts: A domestic violence attorney can investigate the facts of your case and gather evidence to build a strong defense on your behalf.
  • Negotiate a Plea Deal: A domestic violence attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to reach a plea deal that can reduce your charges and penalties.
  • Represent You in Court: A domestic violence attorney can represent you in court and fight for your rights and interests.

At the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, we understand the sensitive nature of domestic violence cases and are committed to providing our clients with the best possible legal representation. 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced domestic violence attorney in Englewood, NJ.

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I do if I am falsely accused of domestic violence in New Jersey?

If you are falsely accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, you should contact an experienced domestic violence defense attorney immediately. They can help you gather evidence to prove your innocence and defend your rights in court.

What is the difference between a civil and criminal domestic violence case in New Jersey?

A civil domestic violence case in New Jersey is brought by the victim to obtain a restraining order against the abuser. A criminal domestic violence case is brought by the state and can result in criminal charges and penalties for the abuser. Both types of cases can be complex and benefit from the assistance of an experienced attorney.

New Jersey’s Mandatory Arrest Laws

Be aware that under New Jersey law, a law enforcement officer must arrest a suspect and sign a criminal complaint where:

  • A person claims to have been the victim of domestic violence inflicted by the suspect;
  • The officer has sufficient evidence to believe that such violence occurred; and
  • One of the following circumstances applies:
  • The victim shows signs of injury;
  • An arrest warrant exists;
  • The suspect has violated a domestic violence restraining order; or
  • The officer has sufficient cause to believe that a weapon was used in committing a domestic violence crime.

Note: that in the case where there is sufficient evidence to believe that a suspect committed domestic violence but none of the other conditions listed above exist, an officer may make an arrest but is not required to.

What are Restraining Orders?

A victim of domestic violence may file a complaint seeking protection from the alleged offender. Keep in mind that a court may grant an emergency restraining order and/or an ex-parte order without having to notify the defendant. However, law enforcement will serve the defendant with a copy of the order, after which a hearing will be held with the defendant present. If the court determines that the plaintiff proved the allegations in the complaint, the terms of the order will:

  • Prohibit the defendant from abusing the alleged victim;
  • Grant exclusive possession of the residence to the plaintiff;
  • Provide for temporary child custody and parenting time;
  • Require the defendant to compensate the plaintiff for losses caused by the defendant;
  • Require the defendant to receive counseling or a psychiatric evaluation;
  • Prohibit the defendant from entering the plaintiff’s residence, workplace, or school;
  • Prohibit the defendant from contacting the plaintiff;
  • Require the defendant to pay the rent or mortgage on the plaintiff’s residence;
  • Provide for the temporary possession of specified property; and
  • Prohibit the defendant from possessing a firearm.

What are the Penalties for Violating a Restraining Order?

If an individual knowingly violates a term of a domestic violence restraining order, they are guilty of criminal contempt, a fourth-degree crime, unless the violated provision pertains to parenting time, monetary compensation to the victim, counseling, rent or mortgage payments, or the surrendering of specified property to the victim. A crime in the fourth degree can carry up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, though prison time is not mandatory for a first conviction of violating a restraining order. However, second or subsequent offenses may call for a minimum of 30 days in jail.

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Our Firm Is the Right Choice

At Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

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    - P.L.M.
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How Can A Domestic Violence Attorney Help You?

Having a reputable attorney on your side to help you with your domestic violence case is essential for ensuring that you are provided with the legal support and guidance that you need during this difficult time. Don't face this alone; our team of attorneys has helped countless individuals struggling with domestic violence, get the legal support that they need to enjoy the life that they deserve.

A domestic violence attorney can help you by:

  • Providing you with legal guidance: Having access to objective legal information during this time is important for helping you with your case, and can benefit you tremendously. You need all of the guidance that you can get during this time, and a reputable attorney will be able to help answer any questions that you have regarding the legal matters of your case.
  • Handling the paperwork: Domestic violence cases can be complicated and as with any other legal matter consists of hefty paperwork. Your attorney will be able to ensure that all of the paperwork is completed and gets to the appropriate parties at the right time.
  • Speeding up the process: A single mistake during the process can greatly impact your case. Your attorney will be able to ensure that everything is completed correctly and that it promptly gets to where it's supposed to. This can help ensure that you are also not spending time on things that your attorney can handle so that you can focus on other matters that need your attention.
  • Effectively representing you in court: In the case that you need to go to court, your attorney will be able to represent you effectively. Having an experienced attorney who has worked with other individuals facing domestic violence is important for ensuring that you have the fierce representation and support that you need. At the end of the day, your attorney is really your best advocate.
  • Protecting your rights: It's important to ensure that you know your legal rights. Oftentimes, individuals may be unaware of rights that they have that can help them during this time.
  • Ensuring the best possible outcome for your case: An experienced domestic violence lawyer knows the ins and outs of the law and will be able to help ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Let Attorney Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC Defend You

If you have been charged with a crime of domestic violence or violation of a restraining order, contact an attorney immediately for legal representation. The Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC can take a look at the facts of your situation and work on a defense for you in the courtroom.

Don't face your domestic violence case alone. Call (201) 254-8484 or contact us online for a free consultation and let our lawyers help you.

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