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Domestic Violence Attorney in Hackensack, New Jersey

Domestic violence charges can have a permanent impact on your future. If you have been charged with domestic violence, you could face punishments like fines, anger management classes, or even serious jail time. These charges require skilled legal guidance.

William Quirk can help you understand the details of your case, explain your legal options, and guide you through the process to help you avoid the harshest legal penalties as you seek the most favorable outcome possible in your case. For over a decade, he has represented clients in Hackensack, New Jersey, Clifton, Paterson, and West New York areas. Set up a consultation with William J. Quirk, Esq., LLC to start pursuing justice.

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Domestic Violence in New Jersey

According to the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, the legal definition of domestic violence means that one (or more) of a specific set of criminal offenses happened to a person who is protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991.

These offenses include:

  • homicide

  • assault

  • terroristic threats

  • stalking

  • kidnapping

  • criminal restraint

  • false imprisonment

  • criminal coercion

  • sexual assault

  • criminal sexual contact

  • lewdness

  • robbery

  • criminal mischief

  • burglary

  • criminal trespass

  • contempt

  • harassment & cyber-harassment

Domestic Violence Law

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act protects individuals who are at least 18 years old or an emancipated minor, and who have been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, former spouse, or any other person who is currently or was in the past a household member.

Additionally, if the victim has a child with the person accused of the crime, is pregnant or anticipates having a child, or has a dating relationship with that person, then the offense could be considered domestic violence.

Possible Consequences & Penalties

The consequences of a domestic violence charge are extremely serious. These possible penalties include:

  • jail time

  • fines

  • loss of firearms

  • anger management classes

  • loss of parenting privileges and custody

  • deportation

Possible Defenses

There are several possible defenses that an experienced criminal defense attorney may use on your behalf if you have been accused of domestic abuse:

Falsely Accused

If you were falsely accused of the criminal offense, then your attorney may use that as part of your defense. Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine if this defense may apply in your situation.

Self-Defense

Sometimes, a person acts violently because they fear for their own safety. Self-defense is a legitimate legal defense depending on the situation. Again, it’s important that you discuss the facts of your case with a knowledgeable domestic violence defense lawyer.

Lack of Intent

It’s also possible that you did not intend to commit a crime with your actions. A lack of intent may have some bearing on the result of your case. In this situation, reach out to a knowledgeable legal advocate to help determine if this is the appropriate defense in your case.

Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a serious crime such as domestic violence, it’s not something to take lightly. It is essential that you work with a skilled attorney who will listen to your story, help you understand your rights, and offer a vigorous defense.

Domestic Violence Attorney in Hackensack, New Jersey

A domestic violence charge could result in jail time, fines, loss of parenting privileges, and other disastrous consequences. As your criminal defense attorney, William Quirk will work to pursue an outcome that will help you avoid the harshest penalties for your charges. William J. Quirk, Esq., LLC serves clients in Hackensack, New Jersey, and Clifton, Paterson, as well as the nearby West New York areas. Contact the firm today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.