Capable Domestic Violence Lawyers in Jersey City and New York
Safeguarding your rights and your reputation
New Jersey and New York have taken determined steps to curb domestic violence, including enacting mandatory arrest laws. If you’ve been arrested on charges of domestic violence, you face jail time, fines and even anger management classes. On top of that, your reputation may suffer if a conviction brands you as an abuser. That result could have more than an intangible effect on your life; if you have children, it could negatively impact your standing in custody and visitation talks. For more than 30 years, The Anthony Pope Law Firm has protected the rights and reputations of numerous clients in domestic abuse cases.
Proactive defense to charges of home violence in Newark and vicinity
New Jersey’s mandatory arrest provision in its domestic violence statute may be well intentioned, but it compels police officers to arrest suspected abusers on the scantest evidence. Specifically, the law says an officer must arrest when “the victim exhibits signs of injury caused by an act of domestic violence.” And what does it mean to exhibit signs? The statute says this can include “manifestations of an internal injury suffered by the victim.” The statute doesn’t define “manifestations,” so that’s wide open to interpretation. Would doubling over in apparent pain be a manifestation of internal injury? Would that level of “proof” open the door to fakery?
Most domestic violence cases come down to “he said, she said.” Many claims are patently false and motivated by a desire to hurt the accused person. But regardless of the facts in your case, if you don’t retain capable representation, you could carry the label of “abuser” for the rest of your life. We are experienced violent crimes attorneys who can assert your rights forcefully in court and, in some cases, can even have your arrest record expunged.
Restraining order defense in New York and New Jersey
Divorced parents in custody disputes often use allegations of domestic abuse or threats of physical violence to undermine the other party. If your ex-spouse moves for a restraining order simply to make you look bad in custody litigation, you have a right to a hearing to defend your good name. Our firm regularly represents parties in hearings opposing orders of protection in New York City and throughout New Jersey.
Contact our reliable Newark, NJ domestic violence defense lawyers to preserve your good name
The Anthony Pope Law Firm skillfully manages defenses to domestic violence charges and orders of protection. To schedule a consultation, call us at 973.536.2346 or contact us online. We represent clients in Newark, Jersey City, Morristown and Manhattan as well as the surrounding areas.