My New Jersey legal practice consists of different kinds of domestic violence cases: some that involve criminal charges, and others that involve restraining orders. Very frequently, I represent defendants accused of domestic violence in Municipal Court and Criminal or Superior Court. Although the charges are serious, knowing how to defend against charges for aggravated assault and simple assault helps my clients navigate the system and often results in complete dismissals. I have even been successful defending clients against false claims of rape and other types of sexual assaults.
Under the new bail reform statutes in New Jersey, the initial charge sometimes results in incarceration. That is why it is so important to obtain a criminal defense attorney who has experience with the new bail reform procedures in NJ. I can save you long periods of incarceration in jail while you wait for the resolution of your domestic violence assault case. Recently, I was able to negotiate with the prosecutor to have my client, who was charged with several first-degree crimes, released from jail after just one night.
If someone you know has been charged with a crime – even if it will eventually be heard in Municipal Court – it is important to arrange a telephone conversation with me right away. I can make a visit to the jail and immediately start negotiating with the prosecutor. A recent case of mine involved a client facing allegations of aggravated sexual assault. I was able to get those very serious charges dismissed. Many times, the goal is to get felony-level charges reduced to a disorderly persons offense so that they can be taken out of the criminal system and heard in local Municipal Courts. Once the case is in municipal court, because of my familiarity with the Municipal Prosecutors and the system, I am often successful in getting these matters dismissed entirely.
A big part of my practice is defending individuals who are served with a temporary restraining order (TRO) to be heard by a judge in the family part of the Superior Courts. It is essential to have a strong defense against these temporary restraining orders. If a final restraining order (FRO) is entered because you didn’t seek counsel, you could be affected for the rest of your life. A restraining order may prevent you from obtaining many different kinds of jobs. Moreover, permanent restraining orders can stay on your record forever. Knowing how to beat a final restraining order can change the rest of your life. Because I have tried numerous jury and non-jury trials in New Jersey, I know how to defend against the entry of a final restraining order. I am not afraid to tackle any case or to vigorously cross-examine the plaintiffs who frequently bring baseless claims in domestic violence cases.
In our legal system in New Jersey, law enforcement often files charges based on no evidence at all. They bring very serious charges without one shred of evidence. However, even a baseless charge can result in incarceration for long periods of time. These charges have to be defended vigorously. The sooner I get involved, the better the outcome will be for you. My goal is to keep my clients out of jail, even if they face serious charges.
My relationship with the county prosecutors, as well as my extensive experience as a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, allows me to get the best results possible for my clients in domestic violence cases. For example, I just represented someone who, in a drunk state, bit a piece of his wife’s ear. With the help of very experienced private investigators, I was able to get the charges dismissed and help the client avoid jail and a permanent criminal record. Be sure to contact me as soon as possible so that we, together, can beat your NJ domestic violence charges.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.