Being abused by anyone is horrific. But when you are abused by a loved one, someone you trust and swore to spend your life with, it’s your worst nightmare come true. You feel helpless, alone, and shameful. You’re desperate to escape but not sure how. You need help. What you really need is a lawyer.
For the past 27 years, Jersey City domestic violence lawyer Anthony Carbone has aggressively represented victims of domestic abuse in the courtroom. He practices as both a family and criminal attorney in New Jersey and has the knowledge and experience to navigate the court system in New Jersey.
What is Considered Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is considered abusive behavior by one intimate partner against another. That behavior can be physical and/or sexual violence, emotional abuse, or even threats. The frequency and severity changes from case to case.
Domestic violence is a serious crime. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Just on a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines across the country.
It’s not only married couples that experience domestic violence – in New Jersey, domestic violence offenses arising from a dating relationship had accounted for 14 percent of the state total in 2012. Although wives were the majority victim at 16 percent, ex-wives were the victim of 3 percent of the reported offenses in 2012.
Domestic Abuse is a Crime in New Jersey
In New Jersey, police and judges take domestic violence seriously. Thanks to potential laws such as Lisa’s Law, the police will be able to do more for victims of domestic violence. But this doesn’t mean you’re completely protected.
There are two parts to the domestic violence process in New Jersey and both have serious consequences for violators:
- The family court case can lead to permanent restraining orders that will protect you and your family from your abuser.
- The criminal charges against the abuser can result in jail, fines and other penalties.
In addition, a domestic violence claim will help you in divorce and child custody matters.
New Jersey domestic violence lawyer Anthony Carbone works quickly and fights hard to make sure you and your family safe by:
- Proving the abuse against you meets the criteria for domestic violence.
- You and your children have proof of the abuse.
- That a restraining order is securely in place without the fear of the victim facing his/her abuser in court.
Why a Restraining Order?
Ignore reports that restraining orders don’t help. Violating the terms of an order of protection in New Jersey can be more serious than the original charges. A conviction can result in jail and a criminal record, loss of joint custody and severe restrictions on visitation. Learn more about how to obtain one.
You Need Experienced Representation – Quickly!
New Jersey domestic violence lawyer Anthony Carbone is in court nearly every day. He can come to your defense on short notice, including evenings and weekends. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone immediately for a free initial consultation with our domestic violence attorney. Remember, you are not alone in this.
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