Based out of offices in Hoboken, NJ, and Kearny, NJ, Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC can represent both plaintiffs and defendants in domestic violence cases throughout the state. Our domestic violence attorneys can gather evidence and employ investigation tactics to protect your best interests, whether you have suffered from abuse or have been accused of abuse. We have extensive experience with how domestic violence has changed given new technology. Having a lawyer who understands the intricacies of this area of the law can make a big difference in the outcome. To work with an attorney who will advocate for your best interests from beginning to end, contact our firm today.
Domestic Violence Law
Domestic violence charges can be filed in cases when adults over the age of 18 are suffering from abuse perpetrated by a family member, a former spouse, a significant other, or a member of the household. In addition, domestic violence is not always connected to physical violence, but can also involve harassment. Our firm can represent both plaintiffs and defendants, and can guide you through all state procedures in accordance with New Jersey domestic violence laws, advocating for your rights and interests.
Types of Domestic Violence
There are two primary types of domestic violence. Simple assault involves knowingly or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, either physical bodily harm or threatening to do so, with or without a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault involves a purposeful attempt to physically harm with indifference to human suffering. Aggravated assault may involve the use of a deadly weapon and includes aiming a loaded or unloaded gun at another person.
Other forms of domestic violence can include:
- Sexual assault
- Destruction of property
Harassment can play a large role in domestic violence cases. Actions such as lewd or offensive comments or physical contact; violent threats; and provocative behavior meant to elicit a reaction are classified as harassment.
Your Case as the Defendant
When a household or family member files domestic violence charges or a complaint, the defendant is required to leave the home or dwelling immediately. Sadly, these tactics are sometimes used inappropriately and falsely with negative intentions. If the court rules in favor of the plaintiff, the defendant is often responsible for the legal fees for both parties, in addition to medical bills, and damages awarded to the plaintiff.
Whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff, having a knowledgeable attorney to represent your interests is crucial.
Your Case as the Plaintiff
When you initially file a domestic violence claim, the defendant will be issued a temporary restraining order, or injunction. A restraining order prevents the defendant from entering the home, communicating with the victim or children, and visiting the victim's workplace. At the subsequent hearing or trial, the court will decide whether a permanent restraining order is necessary to protect the plaintiff and children involved. You may also be entitled to financial support from the defendant.
When criminal charges are filed, a conviction will require evidence and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Our domestic violence attorneys can help you through the stages of the legal process, from filing a complaint and securing a restraining order to pressing charges and going to trial.
Schedule Your Consultation
In cases of domestic violence, whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff, having a knowledgeable attorney to represent your interests is crucial to negotiating the most beneficial terms possible. To schedule a free consultation concerning a domestic violence issue, contact Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC.