Somerset County Domestic Violence Attorneys
Criminal Law Firm Helps Clients Contest Domestic Violence Charges in Somerset County, NJ
Acts of domestic violence are punished in both the municipal courts and superior courts of New Jersey. Many acts of domestic violence are considered disorderly persons, or petty disorderly persons offenses. These types of offenses will most likely be charged under a summons. A summons is charging document ordering an individual to appear in court. A summons may be issued for disorderly person, petty disorderly person, and municipal ordinance violations. These charges may result in an individual being punished up to six months in jail.
Somerset County Domestic Violence Criminal Charges
In domestic violence cases, summonses are usually given to individuals for violations of disorderly person or petty disorderly person offenses. Common disorderly person violations in domestic violence incidents include: Harassment (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4), Criminal Mischief (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3), and violations of restraining orders, (Contempt N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9), when the individual has not also committed either a disorderly person, or indictable offense. If an individual, however, commits a disorderly person offense or an indictable offense along with being in violation of a restraining order, a contempt charge pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9 will become a 4th-degree indictable offense.
Alternatively, an individual may be arrested for an indictable offense stemming from a domestic violence incident, and charged using a warrant. A warrant is a document ordering an individual to be arrested and detained. An individual is most commonly arrested under a warrant and charged with an indictable offense. In New Jersey indictable offenses are the most serious of charges. Indictable offenses are charged in degrees. Common indictable offenses that are charged as a result of incidents of domestic violence are: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4, Terroristic Threats N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, and Aggravated Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b).
Free Consultations Available – Somerset County Domestic Violence Lawyers
The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC regularly represents clients charged with domestic violence in Essex County and throughout New Jersey. Our criminal defense attorneys have many years of experience handling domestic violence cases. Casey Woodruff is a former Union County prosecutor. Gary Grabas is a former Morris County prosecutor. Robert Rowbotham is a former Essex County prosecutor. Jon Bramnick is a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” with over 30 years of trial experience.