Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in Westmont
Put a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer on Your Side
Domestic violence charges in New Jersey can lead to criminal penalties as well as restraining orders. Both consequences can have a long-lasting negative impact on your life. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on the nature and severity of the incident.
If you or someone you love has been charged with domestic violence in Camden County, we urge you to enlist the services of The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen. Our Westmont domestic violence defense attorney handles both criminal cases and those involving restraining orders. Attorney Jill Cohen’s knowledge, background, and relationships with local prosecutors have resulted in dismissals for many clients. Her Board Certification and 30+ years of experience can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
Domestic Violence Crimes in New Jersey
Domestic violence consists of threatened or actual abuse of a household or family member that can be physical, emotional, sexual, or financial. Potential victims of domestic violence include spouses, former spouses, persons who live together or have lived together in the past, people who have a child together, and those involved in a past or present dating relationship.
Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, 14 different offenses are considered to be types of domestic violence in New Jersey. These offenses include:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal coercion
- Contempt of a domestic violence order
- Any crime involving risk of death or serious bodily injury
- Cyber harassment
Depending on the charges, you may be facing jail or prison time, fines, probation, mandatory anger management classes, restraining orders, and a permanent criminal record that can jeopardize your future.
Under the new bail reform statutes in New Jersey, an initial charge sometimes results in incarceration. That is why it is important to call The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen to work with a criminal defense attorney who has experience with the new bail reform procedures. We may be able to save you long periods of incarceration while you wait for your case to be resolved.
Restraining Orders in Domestic Violence Cases
If you have been accused of committing domestic violence, you may be subject to a temporary restraining order (TRO) followed by a final restraining order (FRO). The consequences of having an FRO issued can complicate your life in many ways. You may be kicked out of your home, lose custody of your children, be prohibited from having any contact with the victim or other protected individuals, be forced to pay child support, spousal support, or restitution to the victim, or be forced to partake in a program such as anger management, substance abuse, or other counseling.
A final restraining order can stay on your record forever and change the course of your life. As such, it is essential to have a strong advocate on your side. Our domestic violence defense attorney in Westmont has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials in New Jersey and knows how to defend against a final restraining order. She is not afraid to tackle any case or to vigorously cross-examine the plaintiffs who frequently bring baseless claims in domestic violence cases.
Discuss Your Case with Attorney Jill Cohen Today
In New Jersey, law enforcement personnel often file charges based on little or no evidence at all. Unfortunately, even a baseless charge can result in long periods of incarceration. The sooner you involve The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, the better the outcome can be for you. Our goal is to keep clients out of jail, even in the face of serious charges.
Aggravated Assault Not Guilty
Aggravated Manslaughter Appeal Granted
Aggravated Sexual Assault Dismissed
First Degree Aggravated Sexual Not Guilty
Restraining Orders Dismissed
Sexual Assault Dismissed