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Domestic Violence Attorneys in Bergen County, NJ

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Domestic violence is an extremely serious family law matter that should be handled by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Whether you are accusing someone else of domestic violence or you are trying to fight baseless allegations that have been filed against you, a competent attorney can assist you in properly presenting the facts before the court.

At Sherwood & Johnson, LLC, we have capable Bergen County family law attorneys who can skillfully represent the best interests of you and your children. Our lawyers have extensive experience taking domestic violence cases to trial. They also have experience serving on both the defense side and the prosecution side of these types of cases.

Contact our Bergen County family law firm at (888) 224-1218 and schedule a personalized consultation!

How Does New Jersey Define Domestic Violence?

According to New Jersey law (under §2C:25-18-19), domestic violence occurs when one person commits one or more acts of violence against a family member, household member, or someone with whom the offender has or had a dating relationship. The victim can include the other parent of the offender's child, even if that individual is pregnant and has not yet given birth.

Here are a few ways that domestic violence can occur, according to state law:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Criminal restraint
  • Terroristic threats
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Criminal mischief
  • Stalking
  • Harassment

How Can Domestic Violence Accusations Affect My Case?

An alleged victim of domestic violence can take civil action against the alleged offender by requesting that the court issue a restraining order. With a restraining order, the alleged aggressor is legally prohibited from contacting or coming near the alleged victim and his or her family for a certain period of time. The alleged victim may even be able to file criminal charges, which can possibly result in a conviction and serious penalties for the alleged offender. Both restraining orders and criminal records of domestic violence can result in the accused person losing custody of his or her children.

It is important to remember that not every claim is valid. There are many cases in which parents make false allegations in order to manipulate the outcomes of child custody or divorce cases.

Call Sherwood & Johnson, LLC today!

Backed by more than six decades of collective experience, you can count on us for high-quality legal support. With easy electronic access to all aspects of your case, you’ll always know what’s going in your case. Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to resolve your case as quickly and amicably as possible.

If you need professional and reliable legal representation, do not hesitate to contact Sherwood & Johnson, LLC! We serve clients in Bergen, Passaic, and Morris counties.