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Child Abuse and Family Violence

New Jersey DYFS Lawyer Handling Child and Domestic Abuse Cases

Domestic violence matters have serious consequences to the personal and professional lives of those who are found guilty of "a serious crime against society." These consequences can include the following along with many others:

  • Restraining orders;
  • Getting kicked out of your home;
  • Job loss;
  • Not being able to see your children;
  • Forced participation in psychological counseling;
  • Inability to own or possess firearms; and
  • Jail or prison time.

If you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, or domestic violence, in addition to the severe criminal penalties that you may face, you may also lose the ability, even before your trial, to go home or to see your children due to the entry of bail conditions, or temporary restraining orders, or the actions of state child welfare agencies. Therefore, it is very important to have an experienced New Jersey DYFS lawyer protect your rights.

Our criminal defense lawyers are committed to distinguishing trivial matters, which the domestic violence laws are not designed to address, from serious abusive behavior that is the type of behavior meant to trigger the extremely serious consequences of a permanent restraining order against the abuser. It has been our experience that sometimes, false accusations are made, which makes it even more important to have an experienced lawyer in your corner.

Domestic violence cases are treated as an emergency out of concern for the complaining person’s safety. These cases receive special “rushed” treatment and often work their way through the family court in a matter of days. Given the serious consequences, they require lawyers with the experience and skill to present the important aspects of a domestic violence situation to a court in a limited time frame. We have lawyers available on an emergency basis to effectively handle such matters. Our team has more than 400 years of experience, and, if you have been charged with domestic violence, we will fight to reunite you with your family and to protect you from the serious consequences of a permanent restraining order. On the other hand, if you have been the victim of domestic violence, our experienced team of lawyers will fight in family court to obtain your entitled protection from such abuse.

Child Abuse

Child abuse is the common term that is used to describe many different types of acts that are harmful to a child. These include abuse, abandonment, cruelty, or neglect of the child. Some of the acts that would be covered by the term “child abuse” are:

  • Any type of neglect of a child;
  • Physical punishment of a child that is too severe;
  • Performing an indecent or immoral act in the presence of a child; or
  • Failure to properly supervise a child.

General Abuse

Abuse can also be the neglect of an elderly person (60 years of age or older) you have a duty to care for or have taken the responsibility of the continuing care of that person. It can also apply to acts committed against a disabled person that are harmful to the disabled person’s welfare. Even a small lapse in judgment can result in an abuse, neglect, or endangerment charge.

Domestic Violence

The law defines domestic violence as certain criminal offenses committed against a husband or wife or a former husband or wife, or any person who lives or used to live in the same residence, or any person who shares a child with or is pregnant by the abuser, or even a person who has only dated the abuser. Sometimes, false charges are filed and groundless Temporary Restraining Orders are obtained because someone wants you out of the house or wants an advantage in a divorce case. The best way to protect yourself in these circumstances is to retain an experienced domestic violence or New Jersey DYFS lawyer from HCK to fight for your rights.

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Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A.

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