Passaic County NJ Domestic Violence Sentencing Lawyer
Domestic Abuse Attorney With Offices in Totowa and Denville, New Jersey
Alissa D. Hascup is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients throughout New Jersey, including in Paterson, Morristown, Hackensack, and Newark, who have been charged with domestic violence related criminal offenses such as simple assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and stalking.
If you have pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of a domestic violence related crime, the consequences can be severe. It is critical for you to have the assistance of an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of this particular area of the law. Ms. Hascup is prepared to represent you at all stages, including sentencing, and argue aggressively for the best possible result.
Sentencing – Domestic Violence Conditions in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:25-27
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:25-27, certain conditions can be imposed at the time of sentence if the crime involved domestic violence. These conditions can restrict contact with the victim and his/her family (commonly referred to as a “No Contact Order”) and/or can require the defendant to undergo professional counseling (i.e., anger management, psychological, or drug/alcohol).
“No Contact Order”
When a defendant is found guilty of a crime or offense involving domestic violence, a condition can be imposed which will restrict the defendant’s ability to have contact with the victim and his/her family. That condition will be recorded in an Order and a written copy will be provided to the victim. Contact includes verbal and written contact (text messages, e-mails, and messages sent through social media websites, including Facebook), as well as contact through third parties.
A violation of the Order can have serious consequences, including the filing of new criminal charges for Contempt.
When a defendant is found guilty of a crime or offense involving domestic violence, a condition can also be imposed which will require the defendant to undergo professional counseling. The counseling can be from either a private source or a source appointed by the Court. The Court may also order the defendant to provide documentation of attendance at the counseling.
Examples of professional counseling include anger management classes, parenting classes, psychological counseling, and/or drug/alcohol counseling.
NOTE: In the instance where an FRO was granted, no application to dissolve the restraining order will be granted unless the defendant has demonstrated compliance with all ordered counseling.
Additional Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction in New Jersey
Above and beyond the conditions explained above, there can also be a number of additional consequences imposed upon you at Sentencing if you have been convicted of a crime of domestic violence including increased fines (i.e., domestic violence surcharges) and entry of your personal identifying information into the Domestic Violence Central Registry, which is available to law enforcement agencies and Family Court domestic violence personnel throughout the State.
Contact a Passaic County NJ Domestic Violence Sentencing Lawyer Today
If you find yourself in a situation where you or a loved one have been charged with a crime as a result of a domestic violence or other related incident, a conviction may have serious consequences. Call or email Alissa Hascup anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.