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Defendant Charged with Weapons & Assault by Auto Following Domestic Dispute
The Defendant, who is already allegedly involved in a retaliatory drive by shooting this year, was taken back into custody late last week following what authorities are claiming is a domestic violence incident. The Defendant allegedly switched up her weapon of choose, this time she used her vehicle as the weapon. She is alleged to have tried to run down her boyfriend as she raced down an alley near the 1000 block of South Broad Street in Trenton. The Defendant was unable to get out of the way and actually ended up on the hood of the vehicle. As a result, the victim was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. Following corroborating the incident with several eyewitnesses, the Defendant was taken into custody and charged with several offenses, including assault by auto, domestic violence aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. These are all indictable offenses, so they will be transferred to the Mercer County Superior Court, which is also located in Trenton for disposition.
Can I Obtain a Restraining Order if I am a Victim of Domestic Violence Assault in New Jersey?
Based on the fact that this was a domestic dispute, the victim in the case would have the ability to file for what is known as a temporary restraining order (TRO). A temporary restraining order would strictly prohibit the Defendant from contacting the victim in any fashion pending a final restraining order (FRO). If successful at the FRO, the Defendant will forever be barred from contacting the victim in anyway. Restraining orders are separate and apart from the criminal charge and are in fact handled in the Family Division as opposed to the criminal division. For more information on restraining orders in Mercer County, including what the victim must establish before a final restraining order can be granted, please click the link.
Mercer County NJ Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys
Have you been charged with an act of domestic violence in Mercer County, if so, we strongly recommend that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. New Jersey as whole takes domestic violence offenses very seriously and as such, they should not be taken lightly. If you would like to speak with one of our Mercer County criminal defense today about your options, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. Our attorneys serve all of Mercer County, including towns like Trenton, East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrenceville, Ewing, Princeton, Hightstown and Hopewell.
For more information on this offense, please refer to the Trentonian by clicking the link.