If you or someone you know has been accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, you might at first be surprised especially if there was no physical contact, violence or harm involved. Your surprise is not unusual and it is important to learn that there are multiple forms of domestic abuse.
Domestic violence in New Jersey is defined as physical, sexual, economic or emotional abuse, actual or threatened, of someone by a person with whom they are having an intimate relationship or have had such a relationship in the past. As FindLaw explains, New Jersey has a Prevention of Domestic Violence Act that is set forth in Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, Section 25-19.
When you have a criminal conviction on your record, you may find that it affects diverse areas of your life, such as your ability to find a job and housing. In some cases, a conviction can be expunged from your record. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we understand that it is important for you to understand this process.
Many people may hear reports about concerns that jails and prisons in New Jersey or elsewhere are becoming too crowded. It can be important especially if you or someone you know has been arrested and may face the prospect of going to jail to understand how many people are actual incarcerated in the state of New Jersey.
In the event you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in New Jersey, you may have wondered about the meaning of certain terms used in the charging documents. For example, when a charge is deemed “aggravated,” it means that the crime committed is particularly egregious.
For someone who is accused of domestic violence, life can become incredibly complicated in different ways. Whether you are involved in a marriage or your boyfriend or girlfriend accuses you of domestic violence, these allegations can be particularly frustrating when you know that they are untrue. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we know how these accusations can lead to dire consequences for people across the state of New Jersey. If you are facing these hurdles on a personal level, you need to be aware of and protect your rights.
If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime in New Jersey and part of your sentence includes time in jail or prison, you may want to learn about your options for parole at some point. As explained by the State of New Jersey, there are many different types of parole and multiple groups that manage parole in the state.
Police body cameras are not necessarily new but have been growing in use over the past several years. Many citizens may not even be aware of the fact that an officer has a camera on their body because these items can be quite small and discreet. It is important for anyone who interacts with law enforcement to know about this and know when a body camera might actually be used.
Many people in New Jersey may sometimes feel that the law only applies to a select few. In particular, some may believe that members of law enforcement agencies themselves are not as liable to be charged with crimes and may act in such a manner as to indicate their belief that they are above the law. This, however, is simply not true. The law applies equally to all persons in New Jersey and it is very possible for a police officer or member of a sheriff's department to face criminal charges.
If you have been accused of allegedly perpetrating an act of domestic violence against another person in New Jersey, you may well be confused by this. To many people, a domestic violence charge would include some type of physical harm like hitting or beating a person. If you did not do anything like this, you can understandably be confused by the allegations. Knowing how the state law looks at domestic violence will be important for you when preparing to defend yourself against such charges.