Pennsylvania and New Jersey Domestic Violence Attorneys
Sometimes what seems like a simple argument can escalate to the point where unthinkable things are said to the ones we love. Other times the argument may escalate to the point where even those we love may perceive a threat to their health or safety. In other circumstances unintentional contact may be made that is interpreted as a physical attack. Finally, and unfortunately, sometimes when one party knows that a divorce is imminent, they may try to “trap” the other party in domestic violence allegations thereby gaining the advantage in custody or alimony negotiations. Regardless of the circumstances from which your domestic violence charges arose from, the experienced team at Young, Marr & Associates can protect your reputation and defend you from potentially life-altering serious criminal penalties.
Defending Against Spousal Abuse Charges
Police officers are instructed to construe the definition of domestic violence broadly when they investigate a complaint. Further, in New Jersey under some circumstances where the officer determines that an incident of domestic violence has occurred, they are compelled to make an arrest. Under both New Jersey and Pennsylvania law, for there to have been an incident of domestic violence, the violent act must have been against a household member. The definition of a household member is similar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with the general essence of the term meaning that it is someone you live with presently, someone you have lived with in the past, or someone that you have a child with, certain familial relationships, or a dating relationship with. Further both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, under their respective Prevention of Domestic Violence Acts, consider an act to be domestic violence if it is one of fourteen prohibited types of conduct not limited to:
- Terrorist threats
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual conduct
Criminal charges can result from an allegation of domestic abuse. Further, in New Jersey, a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) or, in Pennsylvania, a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) may be granted by the judge. This can prevent you from returning to your home or having any contact with affected individuals.
Protecting Against Abusive PFAs and TROs
Without a doubt, both the TRO and PFA are useful tools that can protect the abused from their abuser. But what happens when the PFA or TRO itself becomes an instrument of abuse? Because courts err on the side of caution they are likely to grant a TRO or PFA if there appears to be any evidence that supports the claim of abuse or fear of abuse. Further, in Pennsylvania, the PFA can be entered even if there were no physical injuries but there appeared to be an attempt to place another under reasonable fear. If one party incorrectly interprets a chance encounter at the Supermarket or local park, serious consequences can result including:
- Restrictions from traveling on certain routes o through certain areas
- Loss of your right to own a gun or other firearm
- Loss of leverage in divorce proceedings
- Serious damage to your reputation
We work to prevent abuse of the PFA process so that legitimate abuse victims do not one day find their options limited or foreclosed.
Sensitive to your Circumstances, Aggressive in Protecting your Rights
Whenever there is a familial dispute, the utmost care should be taken so that unnecessary additional harm is not inflicted on other family members or children that may be involved. However anytime you are facing serious criminal charges that jeopardizes your freedom, persistent and aggressive representation is needed. Our attorneys strike a balance between these needs when they pursue your goals.
If you are facing domestic violence allegations, an experienced Young, Marr and Associates attorney can represent your interests and protect your reputation. To see if we can help you, call (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania or contact us online today.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. Houser (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. Cohen (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. Santiago
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. Henderson
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.