South Jersey Domestic Violence Lawyer
Accomplished Criminal Defense Lawyer Advocates for Clients Accused of Domestic Violence in Camden County, Burlington County and Throughout NJ
As in many other states, domestic violence is a serious and ongoing problem in New Jersey—and, as such, is taken extremely seriously both by New Jersey law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system generally. Unfortunately, domestic violence is a crime that tends to occur under a startling range of circumstances, crossing socio-economic barriers perhaps more commonly than any other type of crime. Because the penalties for domestic violence related crimes can vary so dramatically depending upon the circumstances, it is critical to retain the counsel of an experienced and trusted criminal defense lawyer if you have been arrested for, or accused of committing, an act of domestic violence.
At Gelman Law, LLC, our skilled domestic violence defense lawyer routinely advocates on behalf of clients who have been accused of domestic violence in Cherry Hill and the surrounding communities. We understand how emotionally charged and confusing domestic violence cases can be, and we are committed to providing compassionate support while simultaneously offering the highest possible quality legal representation to our clients. As a former Burlington County criminal prosecutor, David Gelman knows what it takes to build an effective defense to domestic violence charges and is ready and willing to go to work in your case today.
New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act
The New Jersey Domestic Violence Protection Act is a wide-ranging legal statute that is designed to protect individuals from abuse by someone who is close to them, whether or not the parties are legally related. The Act provides protection from abuse from a:
- Spouse or ex-spouse,
- Boyfriend or girlfriend (whether current or former),
- Parent of your child or expected child,
- Member of your household, whether past or current.
Further, the domestic violence law protects against all forms of abuse in Cherry Hill, whether that abuse is physical, emotional, sexual or even threats of abuse or violence. At Gelman Law, LLC, we handle all types of cases involving domestic violence, including situations involving:
- Harassment or stalking,
- Restraining orders,
- Child endangerment,
- Terroristic threats,
- Criminal trespass or burglary,
- Criminal mischief,
- False imprisonment,
- Sexual assault and other sex crimes,
Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights for Clients Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges in Cherry Hill, NJ
Under certain circumstances, New Jersey law requires that a law enforcement official arrest someone who is accused of domestic violence by a protected individual if the officer has probable cause to believe that the domestic violence actually did occur and one of the following circumstances is present:
- The victim shows signs of an injury,
- There is a warrant for the alleged perpetrator’s arrest,
- The alleged perpetrator has violated an existing restraining order that was issued because of domestic violence, or
- There is probable cause for the officer to believe that a weapon was used in committing a crime involving domestic violence.
Despite this, an arrest does not signify that conviction is automatic. On the other hand, you can be arrested for domestic violence even if none of the listed factors above are present. At Gelman Law, LLC, our domestic violence defense team have the experience and resolve necessary to ensure that your rights are protected to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
Allegations of domestic violence can result in criminal conviction or imposition of a restraining order, which can significantly impact your freedom of movement and ability to maintain close relationships in your life. Further, the stigma associated with committing a domestic violence crime can be even more damaging and lasting than that which is associated with other types of criminal accusations. Our dedicated team of legal counsel and support staff are here to gather and analyze the evidence necessary to build the strongest defense possible in your case.
Contact a Trusted Camden County Domestic Violence Lawyer for a Free and Confidential Consultation Today
Like any other criminal charges, domestic violence can impact your future, freedom and finances—but can also impact the relationships you have with those you love the most, including your children. Our skilled domestic violence defense team knows that the stakes are high when you are facing any type of domestic violence charge in Cherry Hill, and we are here to fight in your corner every step of the way. Call or contact our experienced criminal defense lawyer for a free and confidential initial consultation to discuss options in your case today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence Charges in New Jersey
FAQ: Why should I choose Gelman Law to represent my interests if I was accused of committing a domestic violence crime in New Jersey?
At Gelman Law, LLC, we distinguish ourselves by providing the kind of personalized attention to our clients that is generally not available when you choose a much larger law firm. Because we take the time to get to know our clients on a personal level, we are able to build a much stronger defense strategy that is customized to the specific case at hand. We also have significant experience working for the Burlington County prosecutor’s office, so we have insight into the types of maneuvers that the prosecution will use to build their criminal case—and we use that insight to hone in on the best possible defense for you.
FAQ: Why are domestic violence cases often more complicated than other types of criminal cases?
In addition to the close and often complicated personal relationships that exist between the defendant and the alleged victim, domestic violence cases often involve two separate and distinct cases. On one hand, the state may prosecute the criminal allegations that formed the foundation of your arrest. On the other, your former spouse, significant other or alleged victim may pursue a claim for a restraining order against you. At Gelman Law, we handle both sides of the domestic violence case to ensure that your rights are protected on all levels.