Domestic Violence

Being convicted of a domestic violence charge can have long lasting negative effects on your ability to obtain employment, own a firearm or even see your children. If you have cause to prosecute a domestic violence claim or have been charged with the crime of assault, battery, harassment or terroristic threats against a family member, you should call William J. Berman as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Crimes
Domestic violence is a specific type of agressive behavior directed toward members of a person’s family or household. It generally includes spouses, parents, children, romantic partners, step-family members, grandparents and grandchildren. Allegations of assault against a neighbor, plutonic friend or co-worker is usually not categorized as domestic violence even if the parties maintain a close relationship.

The term domestic violence refers to several criminal acts when committed against any of the above-listed family members. You may face domestic violence penalties as a result of committing the crimes of harassment, offensive touching, menacing, sexual harassment, trespass, criminal mischief, sexual assault, terroristic threatening or reckless endangerment.

Penalties for Domestic Violence
The judge in your case will be most concerned with ensuring the safety of the alleged victim. Depending upon the relationship of the parties, the judge may order a temporary or permanent restraining order. If the complainant in your case is the parent of your children, this could result in a difficult situation in terms of custody and visitation. Individuals convicted of domestic violence also have difficulty obtaining or maintaining primary placement of their children and dependent on the facts, may even lose visitation rights as a result of the conviction.

Given the life-altering nature of a domestic violence conviction, it is imperative that you either prosecute or defend yourself with Bill who will work to protect your freedom and relationship with your family.

Please feel free to contact Bill today to discuss your domestic violence matter at 973-206-8200.


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