Upstanding Essex County residents may not realize how easy it is to get accused of a crime related to domestic violence.
If the police respond to it, the heated argument with a romantic partner or family member can end with an assault charge or other criminal case.
Once police investigate, they may come to conclusions about what happened and act accordingly, even if the reality is that police have decided to take one person’s word over the other.
New Jersey law imposes serious penalties for crimes related to domestic violence. Even someone with no prior criminal history could wind up in jail and may also have to pay a fine.
In practice, though, a person may get a favorable deal from the prosecutor which spares them from jail and the most serious criminal penalties.
While it may be tempting to do so, someone in this position should still think twice before pleading guilty and accepting a conviction.
Other harsh consequences
A conviction for a crime related to a domestic violence can also lead to other serious consequences, including the following:
- A person who is not a United States citizen could face deportation.
- A person will lose their privilege of possessing a firearm.
- The person may have some or all their custody and parenting rights taken.
- They may lose important professional and personal opportunities.
- They may have to submit to a restraining order.
These consequences can apply without regard to how serious the charge is or how significant the criminal penalties.
Someone who is accused of a crime related to domestic violence should make sure they understand all the consequences of a conviction and know what their legal options are.