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Domestic Violence Lawyers in Mercer County
If you have arrested and charged with a domestic violence criminal offense or served with a temporary restraining order in Mercer County, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Regardless of the underlying domestic violence charges, the penalties if convicted could be devastating for one’s future. They include but are not limited to incarceration, probation, community service, criminal record, no contact orders and high fines. To make matters worse, if a temporary restraining order is given and a final restraining order is granted, then a Defendant could be forbidden from returning to their home, forbidden from speaking to their children and forced to permanently surrender all of their firearms.
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On top of all of that, based on the new bail guidelines that were initiated in January of 2017, a Defendant charged with a crime that is classified as an act domestic violence, then they could be forced to spend a few nights in the Mercer County Jail pending pretrial services evaluation and then possible a detention hearing. If you have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, stalking, kidnapping, harassment, simple assault, false imprisonment, terroristic threats or served with a temporary restraining order, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help. Mr. Oliver is an experienced Mercer County criminal defense attorney. His entire career has been dedicated to defending those accused of crimes in courts throughout New Jersey including Mercer County. Both founding partners, Mr. Proetta and Mr. Oliver have represented countless clients who have been charged with various domestic violence offense over the years. Our office serves all of Mercer County including towns like Hamilton, Lawrenceville, West Windsor, Ewing, Hopewell, Hightstown, East Windsor, Princeton and Trenton. If you would like to come into our office to have a face to face consultation with Mr. Oliver please contact us directly at (609) 789-0779. We are available around the clock and our initial consultations are always free. Please see below for a list of some of the most common domestic violence offenses charged in Mercer County.
Domestic Violence Criminal Charges & Penalties
Anyone involved in a domestic dispute with a loved one or family member could find themselves dealing with several different serious legal issues. That includes but is not limited to being charged criminally with an act of domestic violence, served with a temporary restraining and being subjected to a detention hearing on the criminal charges. For more information on some of these potential legal issues, please click the links below.
Where do I go for a Domestic Violence Charge in Mercer County?
Domestic violence offenses can be litigated in either criminal court or family court depending on what the charges are. If a Defendant has been charged with a temporary restraining order, the hearing will take place in the Family Division of the Mercer County Superior Court. Restraining orders are civil in nature as such are determined based on a preponderance of the evidence standard. Conversely, if a Defendant has been charged with a criminal domestic violence offense then there charges will be heard in criminal court. The degree of the offense charged will dictate whether the hearing takes place in the Criminal Division of the Mercer Superior Court or the local Municipal Court. Since these domestic violence charges are criminal, the standard of proof required is beyond a reasonable doubt. For more information on domestic violence offenses please contact our office directly at (609) 789-0779.
Who is Protected Under NJ Domestic Violence Prevention Act
In order to be considered a protected party under the New Jersey Domestic Violence Prevention Act, the victim must first establish that they were in some form of a domestic relationship with the Defendant. Pursuant to NJSA 2C:25-19d, in order to qualify as a victim of domestic violence, the victim must either be a spouse, former spouse, or any other person who is a present or former household member of the Defendant; or have a child in common with the Defendant; or had a dating relationship with the Defendant.
If the victim establishes that they are a protected party under the New Jersey Domestic Violence Prevention Act, then if the Defendant commits anyone of the following offenses, then incident with be classified as an act of domestic violence. Those offenses include: Homicide, Assault, Terroristic Threats, Kidnapping, Criminal Restraint, False Imprisonment, Sexual Assault, Criminal Sexual Contact, Lewdness, Criminal Mischief, Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Harassment or Stalking.
As mentioned above, if the incident is classified as an act of domestic violence, then the Defendant may be served a Temporary Restraining Order as detained for at least twenty-four hours pursuant to New Jersey Bail Reform Act.
Trenton Restraining Order Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense like stalking, terroristic threats, burglary, harassment, assault or served with a temporary restraining order in Mercer County it is imperative that you speak to an experienced domestic violence defense attorneys immediately. At Proetta & Oliver, our Mercer County criminal defense attorneys routinely appear in Courts throughout Mercer County including the West Windsor Municipal Court, the East Windsor Municipal Court , the Lawrence Municipal Court, the Robbinsville Municipal Court, the Trenton Municipal Court and the Hamilton Municipal Court. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today please contact us directly at (609) 789-0779 or you can leave us a message here.