The penalties for a domestic violence charge will vary depending on the way in which the crime was executed, in addition to any other mitigating circumstances that apply. An individual with a clean criminal record may face less severe penalties than someone who is a repeat offender. In the state of New Jersey, domestic violence charges are categorized into four degrees of severity, each carrying a different weight of consequences that differ from the others.
An individual that is found guilty of a domestic violence charge will likely face, at the very least, a hefty monetary fine. However, most New Jersey residents that are faced with domestic violence charges will see jail time or even court-mandated anger management classes or rehabilitative courses.
How Is Domestic Violence Categorized in New Jersey?
In general, domestic violence is defined as physical abuse committed by a person in a current or former relationship against their partner, or among two or more members of the same household. New Jersey’s 1991 Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA), compiles a list of crimes that constitute domestic violence. These include, but are not limited to: murder, assault, sexual assault, harassment, and more.
Domestic violence charges are categorized from first to fourth degree, with first degree being the most severe charge and most heavily penalized. A first-degree domestic violence charge can constitute a jail sentence of up to twenty years, creating a criminal record that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a more minor, fourth-degree domestic violence charge can likely lead to jail time and/or hefty monetary fines.
How Can I Get my Charges Reduced?
Only a qualified criminal defense attorney can work to build a strong case for your defense, and advocate on your behalf before a judge. If you have been accused of a domestic violence crime in New Jersey, you need to connect with an attorney right away. The sooner you contact an attorney and tell them the specifics of your arrest, and stronger your case will be.
Your attorney will demonstrate your aptitude and defend you before a judge, communicating that you are not a threat or harm to those around you. If applicable, your attorney will help you create a plea deal to minimize your charges, and work to have your dismissed if possible.
The Bianchi Law Group, LLC is Here for You
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a domestic violence charge, don’t panic. You have the right to work with a qualified attorney and have the right, under the US Constitution, to a fair trial in court. The Bianchi Law Group, LLC understands that you may be worried about your future and are unsure which steps to take.
The smartest first step you can take if you have been arrested for a domestic violence charge is to contact an attorney and tell them what happened. At The Bianchi law Group, LLC, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to anyone who is in this situation. We pledge to provide you with clear, honest counsel and will work to ensure you feel confident throughout every step. Call our Parsippany-Troy Hills law office today at (862) 210-8570 to connect with a qualified attorney who cares.