Domestic Violence Allegations are Serious. Make Sure to Hire a Top Union County Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you have been accused of assault, sexual assault, cyber-harassment, stalking or any other form of domestic violence in New Jersey, you need experienced legal representation. Domestic violence cases proceed more quickly than other types of criminal cases, and the consequences of failing to defend yourself can be both immediate and severe. In order to fight the allegations against you, you need an experienced Union County domestic violence lawyer in your corner.
In New Jersey, domestic violence cases are governed by the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA). Under the PDVA, defendants charged with domestic violence can face fines, jail time, a domestic violence restraining order and other penalties. Depending on the specific allegations against you, you may also be required to pay restitution, undergo psychiatric evaluation or continue to make monthly payments on a residence that you previously shared with your accuser. If you fail to comply with the court’s order, you could be charged with a separate offense, in addition to being charged with a crime of domestic violence.
Allegations Can Take Many Forms
Under the PDVA, domestic violence is not one specific crime. Instead, the law defines domestic violence as any of the following offenses committed against the parent of a shared child, a boyfriend or girlfriend, another household member (other than a non-emancipated minor), or someone with whom the defendant is expecting a child:
- Contempt of a domestic violence restraining order
- Criminal coercion, mischief, restraint, sexual conduct or trespass
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Terroristic threats
Each of the above are crimes that carry the potential for jail time, and many of them are indictable crimes that carry the potential for long-term imprisonment. Combined with the effects of a domestic violence restraining order that remains in effect indefinitely, this means that a conviction for domestic violence in Union County can truly impact the rest of your life.
You Need an Experienced Union County Domestic Violence Lawyer
Due to the extreme risks involved in your case, if you have been accused of domestic violence in Union County, it is imperative that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Defense attorney Scott Gorman has been handling domestic violence cases in Union County and throughout New Jersey for more than a decade. Scott can help you avoid unnecessary consequences, and, the sooner you call, the more he can do to protect you.
Request a Free Consultation at The Gorman Law Firm
Union County domestic violence lawyer Scott Gorman can protect you if you have been charged with a domestic violence crime in Union County or elsewhere in New Jersey. To schedule a free initial consultation with Scott as soon as possible, call 201-489-9199 or request an appointment online now. Don’t let false allegations of domestic violence ruin your life.