For more than 30 years, Jersey City domestic violence lawyer Anthony Carbone has aggressively represented victims of domestic abuse in the courtroom. He understands how sensitive these cases can be and know how complex they can get. That’s why he treats every case with the sensitivity it deserves. He will be your voice and make sure your abuser will never hurt you again.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined as 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. In fact, an act of domestic violence happens every 7.29 minutes in New Jersey.
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.
The Cycle of Domestic Violence
Once you’re in the cycle of domestic violence, it can be extremely difficult to break. The victim is taught to believe that if she leaves or calls the police, the aggressor may take the children away in a custody action. The victim may be reliant on the aggressor to pay the household expenses. This makes the decision to leave or call the police becomes unfeasible.
Living in an abusive relationship has been termed the cycle of violence. This cycle is described as having three stages which continuously rotate:
- Tension building – phase one starts off innocent enough. The aggressor may start to exhibit signs of abuse such as denigration, isolation, and constant criticism.
- The acute explosion – As phase one evolves, a triggering event sets off the battery. The victim should look for certain characteristics of an aggressor, such as verbal abuse and threats.
- The honeymoon period – Following the explosion comes the conciliation period. The aggressor acknowledges his actions, expresses sorrow and ask for forgiveness. Your abuser wants to make up and becomes loving and nurturing. But soon enough, the cycle begins again.
Domestic Abuse is a Crime in Jersey City
Under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the following criminal charges can be held against you:
- Terroristic Threats
- Criminal restraints
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Trespass
- Criminal Coercion
- Contempt of Domestic Violence Order
- Cyber Harassment
- Crimes involving risk of death or serious bodily injury
The police are required to arrest a suspect for domestic violence if a victim either shows or claims that injury has occurred. The police may also arrest a person if there is probable cause that an act of domestic violence has been committed, even if the victim doesn’t claim an injury. In addition, the police may determine if an emergency temporary restraining order is necessary to protect the victim from any further acts of violence.
What About Restraining Orders?
Ignore reports that restraining orders don’t help. Violating the terms of an order of protection in Jersey City 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.
What are Your Legal Options in New Jersey?
Once you get away from your abuser, you may not know what legal options are available to you. Other than filing a restraining order, what can you do to protect you and your loved one?
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.
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.
Once you and your family are safe, you can begin divorce and child custody proceedings. If you were severely injured, you may also be able to file a personal injury claim against your abuser to pay the medical bills and pain and suffering. Most of all, we will make sure you will never be hurt again by your attacker.
Hire an Experienced Jersey City Domestic Violence Lawyer Now!
Jersey City domestic violence lawyer Anthony Carbone is in court nearly every day. As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, he knows the ins and outs of the court system and knows how to assist you with your case. He can come to your defense on short notice, including evenings and weekends. He will make sure you get a restraining order, have sole custody of your children, and the abuser is put behind bars.
If you are a domestic violence victim in Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth, Hackensack, or anywhere else in New Jersey, now is the time to act. 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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