Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
The New Jersey legislature has passed severe laws to punish those who abuse a spouse or significant other. If you’ve been charged with a domestic violence crime, you may be facing removal from your home, jail time, and other major consequences.
You need an advocate on your side. I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a partner at the law firm of Palumbo & Renaud and a domestic violence attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience.
Contact me online or call me at 908-337-7353 to schedule a free initial consultation about criminal charges or restraining orders involving spousal abuse or other domestic violence allegations.
Guiding You When You Face Multiple Proceedings
If you are accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, you may face proceedings in two separate courts. A person who makes allegations of domestic violence can seek a restraining order in domestic relations court. If the prosecutor decides to bring criminal charges, you will be prosecuted in the criminal court.
I provide vigorous criminal defense on the following spousal abuse charges, including:
If a temporary restraining order (TRO) is issued against you, you are entitled to a hearing within five days. If you do not request a hearing, the restraining order may be made permanent.
A restraining order can keep you away from your home and children, and you can be forced to still pay all the expenses in the home you have been removed from. If you violate the restraining order through entry into the home or stalking or harassing the accuser, you could end up going to jail. You need an advocate to assert your rights at this important domestic violence hearing.
If you are accused of physical violence, including simple assault, terroristic threats or domestic sexual assault, you may also face criminal charges. Like any other criminal charges, charges of harassment, violation of restraining orders, or weapons offenses can result in jail time, a criminal record, and other serious consequences for child abuse or stalking.
Pursuing Safety for Domestic Violence Victims
While prosecutors may bring criminal charges based on domestic violence accusations, it is up to the accuser to seek a restraining order against the accused person. In some cases, a restraining order may be the best way to ensure your personal safety.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, I can help you seek a temporary restraining order. If the abuser requests a hearing before the restraining order is made permanent, I will represent you at this hearing.