Domestic Violence Lawyers in Hackensack NJ
Domestic violence offenses can be rather complicated and typically involve two totally different types of proceedings. First, a Defendant may find themselves facing criminal domestic violence charges, which include but are not limited too aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, stalking, harassment, kidnapping, sexual assault and criminal coercion. These charges will either be heard in the local Municipal Court where the incident happened or in the Bergen County Superior Courthouse. The level of the offense charged will dictate what court has jurisdiction over the case. All disorderly persons offenses, also known as misdemeanors will be heard be heard in the local Municipal Court. Conversely all indictable offenses, also known as felonies will be heard in the Bergen County Superior Courthouse which is located in Hackensack. The second type of domestic violence offense that a Defendant could find themselves facing is a temporary restraining order (TRO). A TRO is exactly what it sounds like, temporary. Therefore, a final restraining order hearing (FRO) must occur in the Family Division of the Bergen County Superior Court. This proceeding unlike the previously discussed proceeding is civil in nature as opposed to criminal. With that being said, the ramifications of a permanent FRO can be more devastating then most criminal charges. For more information on these offenses please see below.
If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic violence in Bergen County it is imperative for you to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney about your options as the underline consequences and collateral consequences can be severe. The collateral consequences can consist of a temporary / final restraining order, criminal record, jail time, forfeiting of any firearms and the potential to be not only removed from your home but also forbidden to see your children. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including over twenty years of combined prosecuting experience. We have been defending individuals charged with domestic violence in Bergen County for over fifteen years. We serve all of Bergen County, including towns like Mahwah, Fort Lee, Paramus, Englewood, Tenafly, Saddle River, Edgewater and Fair Lawn. As you can see from above, the consequences can be extreme; our attorneys are ready to fight to protect your interests. For a free initial consultation today, please contact us directly at 201.429.9783. We can be reached 24/7. Do not hesitate to call.
Englewood NJ Domestic Violence Lawyer
What we can help you with:
- Terroristic Threats
- Simple Assault / Aggravated Assault
- Criminal Mischief
- Temporary Restraining Orders
- Final Restraining Orders
- Violation of Restraining Orders
- Removing a Final Restraining Order
- No contact orders
- The setting of bail
Who has Jurisdiction over these types of Charges:
Domestic Violence charges may be heard in several different courtrooms. Typically, the underline criminal charges associated with any domestic violence offense will be heard in either the Bergen County Superior Court, Criminal Division or in the local municipal court in the municipality where the incident occurred. Further, usually associated with any domestic violence charge is a restraining order, these matters will be held in the Bergen County Superior Court, Family Division. Unlike the underline criminal offense, restraining orders are civil in nature. Therefore, the evidentiary standard for any final restraining order hearing would be by a preponderance of the evidence standard instead of the traditional beyond a reasonable doubt criminal standard. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has extensive experience handling both types of matters.
Final Restraining Order Attorneys in Bergen County NJ
As you can tell from above, a domestic violence conviction carries serious live long consequences. It is important that you protect your interests and speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. If you have any further questions regarding either domestic violence or restraining orders please feel free to contact any one of our Bergen County offices for a consultation about your charges. Mr. Oliver who heads up our Hackensack Office is available now to discuss your options. Our office has extensive experience representing clients charged with domestic violence offenses in towns like East Rutherford, Bogota, Upper Saddle River, Teaneck, Garfield, New Milford and Lyndhurst.