Union County Domestic Violence Attorneys
Criminal Lawyer Handles Domestic Violence Defense in Union 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.
Types of Domestic Violence Offenses in Union County, New Jersey
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 – Union County Domestic Violence Lawyers
Our office has many years of experience handling domestic violence related charges in Union County criminal court. The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have many years of experience handling domestic violence and other criminal matters in Union County and throughout New Jersey. Casey Woodruff is a former Union County prosecutor. Gary Grabas was a prosecutor for Morris and Middlesex Counties. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of experience. If you have been charged with any domestic violence related offense in Union County, New Jersey you can contact us at any time at (908) 322-7000.