The Best Way to Fight Sexual Assault Charges in New Jersey

They can happen to a leader of the most powerful country in the world just as easily as they can happen to you – sexual assault charges. The State of New Jersey pursues these cases aggressively and, without the right defense, careers, family lives and reputations can be ruined forever. Here’s how to properly defend yourself from these charges, from a leading sexual assault defense attorney in New Jersey.

• Contact a criminal defense attorney: Before you speak to anyone else, including law enforcement, it’s vital that you contact a qualified defense attorney with experience in sexual assault cases. These cases often rely on he-said-she-said evidence, so the state will use anything you say against you – even if you are innocent.

• Take the charges seriously: Even if your accuser is incorrect or being malicious, take the charges seriously – because the State of New Jersey will. Any accusations can do irreparable harm, even if they are later proven to be false. Rumors and lies can damage someone’s reputation, causing a breakdown of trust that can ruin the lives of you and your family. If convicted, you may not only face significant jail time and fines, but may also receive a permanent criminal record and have your name placed on the sex offender’s registry.

• Do not confront your accuser: No matter how much you want to speak to your accuser, it is always best to avoid all contact (even phone calls or texting) with your accuser without your attorney present. This could weaken your defense and even result in law enforcement charging you with additional offenses.

Get the Best Defense – Speak to a Leading Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer Today
Dennis Calo is a respected defense and trial attorney with over 40 years of experience in fighting serious charges against his clients. Known for his thoroughness, professionalism and robust representation of his clients, his knowledge and experience are key to defending clients successfully from sexual assault charges.

If you are facing a sexual assault charge, you need a lawyer who can provide expert assistance as soon as possible. As a former prosecutor, Dennis Calo is uniquely positioned to give you the advice you need to deliver a strong, effective representation of your case and fight it from every possible angle.

The consultation is free, contact criminal defense attorney Dennis Calo now.

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Can a bar fight mean facing NJ assault and battery charges?

In one short word: yes. New Jersey’s assault and battery charges are among some of the strictest in the country and cover a wide range of circumstances ranging from bar fights to domestic violence even serious weapons crimes.

Without the assistance of an experienced defense lawyer, the courts are able to apply strict penalties by interpreting these events in their most serious and violent light – even when what happened in reality is quite different. Often, bar fights can also involve more than assault and battery charges, as law enforcement can also include criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges if they want to. This can cause the costs of the case to skyrocket, bringing significant financial penalties as well as jail time knocking on your door.
The reality is that many bar fights occur under the influence of alcohol and can quickly spread to other patrons in a bar without them even being involved in the cause of the fight. Simply being on the scene and even protecting yourself or another using self-defense can still lead to you being arrested, charged and even convicted – ruining your reputation, your career and leaving a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life.

Contact an experienced defense attorney immediately for a free case evaluation

In assault and battery cases, it is essential to speak to a defense attorney as soon as possible. Do not give any statement to law enforcement without your attorney being present and let your attorney deal with police reports, videos and other evidence that has been admitted into the case. With their expertise and ability to investigate the case on your side, you’ll be able to form a strong defense to protect your rights and have the charges reduced or even dropped.

Experienced defense attorneys know the legal system inside out – and former prosecutors know it even more thoroughly. Dennis Calo is a criminal defense attorney with 40 years of experience in a wide range of criminal cases. A respected trial attorney, he can assist you right from the start – from monitoring your arrest to negotiating pleas, robustly representing you in court and managing the appeals process, if needed.

The consultation is free, call criminal defense attorney Dennis Calo now.

What are some of the most common offenses in NJ?

Some of the most common crimes occurring in New Jersey are:

  • Theft – Unlawfully removing property from the possession of someone else without using force, violence or fraud.
  • Burglary – Unlawfully entering a structure such as a home or business in order to commit any offense however minor.
  • Robbery – The successful or attempted removal of someone’s property by force, threat of force or violence.
  • Criminal mischief – Willfully damaging property belonging to someone else, whether an individual, business or other entity.
  • Aggravated assault – A physical attack on someone else with the intent of inflicting severe injury.
  • Simple assault – This refers to a limited physical use of force that results in little or no injury to the victim.
  • Possession of weapons – The possession of illegal or controlled weapons without the necessary licenses.
  • Drug possession – The possession of an illegal or controlled substance.
  • Shoplifting – Unlawfully removing merchandise from a retail establishment without the knowledge or consent of the seller without paying for it.
  • Aggravated assault on a police officer – Can be as minor as a simple assault but is more serious since it is on a police officer.

If you are facing any of these charges or other criminal charges, it’s vital that you speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The State of New Jersey’s law enforcement is zealous in pursuit of prosecuting criminal charges and with the right attorney at your side, you can be assured of a strategic, robust defense that will get you the best possible results – whether you choose to negotiate a plea deal or take your case to trial.

What cases will your criminal defense lawyer defend? 

While some attorneys are specialists in certain fields, others have the experience and knowledge to fight a wide range of criminal cases – and win. Respected by judges and prosecutors, Dennis Calo is a former prosecutor with over 40 years of legal expertise in defending criminal cases that include:

  • Homicide
  • Sex crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Marijuana possession
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence
  • DWI/DUI offenses

No matter if you are facing a crime or a minor charge, you can rest assured that our legal team has the knowledge and legal resources to fight your case aggressively – the way you deserve. Even the most minor conviction will result in a permanent criminal record that can affect you and your family for life, so give your rights and your reputation the best possible protection.

The consultation and case evaluation is free, so contact us and speak to criminal defense lawyer Dennis Calo now.

 

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What is considered domestic abuse?

In the State of New Jersey there are very strict laws regarding domestic abuse or domestic violence. Here is a guide to these laws from a leading NJ criminal defense attorney.

Who can be a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic violence laws only apply in certain circumstances, that is, when an adult or emancipated minor commits an offense against a person who meets the state’s criteria for being a domestic violence victim. In New Jersey, these include people who are:

  • Current or former spouses who are 18 years old or more/an emancipated minor
  • Current or former household members who are 18 years old or more/an emancipated minor
  • The parent of a child (or someone expecting a child) with the perpetrator
  • Dating or former romantic partners of the perpetrator or present or former household members

What charges are covered by domestic violence?

If it is established that the victim fits the criteria of a domestic violence victim, the following charges can be brought under domestic violence law:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Criminal restraint
  • Terroristic threats
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual contact
  • Lewdness
  • Criminal mischief
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Harassment
  • Stalking

Each of these charges will carry a different sentence or penalty based on the severity of the crime and the unique circumstances of the case, ranging from probation jail time and fines to lengthy jail time.

What powers do law enforcement have in instances of alleged domestic violence?

Police and law enforcement have considerable powers in situations of perceived domestic violence. They are under obligation to arrest a suspect and file a complaint in situations where a person claims to be a victim of domestic violence (and the officer has sufficient evidence to believe the claim), where the victim has visible signs of injury, where there is an arrest warrant out/a restraining order has been violated and if a weapon was used.

If both parties are claiming domestic violence abuse against them, then other factors will come into play including the different levels of injury and their history of domestic violence.

What should I do if I have been charged with domestic violence?

Domestic abuse crimes are serious in nature and carry severe penalties, so it is essential that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney with a background in domestic violence cases if you have already been charged or suspect that you will be.

Dennis Calo is a highly respected and successful criminal defense attorney in New Jersey with over 40 years of experience. As a former prosecutor, he understands both sides of his cases and is able to provide clients with the best possible defense against a wide range of charges, including domestic violence.

If you want a criminal defense lawyer that you can trust to defend your case professionally and aggressively, contact us today and find out how Dennis Calo can help you or visit www.criminaldefense-nj.com for more information.

 

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What to do if you’ve been charged with assault or battery

Being charged with a crime is a serious situation and, if you or a family member has been charged with assault or battery in the State of New Jersey, then you need to know exactly how to fight the charge and keep a clean record. Here’s some advice from a leading New Jersey criminal defense attorney.

Speak to a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer 

Whether the police have made an error in your arrest or you were simply defending yourself, the most important thing to do is hire a qualified criminal defense attorney that you can trust. Many people put this off out of fear that it makes them appear guilty, but this can lead to serious problems. Legal representation has often led to avoiding serious charges, complaints being dropped and reduced sentences, so act quickly and hire a lawyer as soon as you can.

Know New Jersey’s assault laws 

In New Jersey, there are both simple and aggravated assault laws, each with different sets of penalties.

In the case of a mutual fight, these laws carry a penalty of up to 30 days. Other cases fall under the charge of simple assault, the most common and most basic of the charges, and can result from allegations that you:

  • Threatened someone to the point where they felt injury was imminent.
  • Caused injury to someone with a deadly weapon through negligence.
  • Attempted to cause injury to another on purpose, knowingly or recklessly.

This is known as a disorderly persons offense and carries a sentence of up to 6 months behind bars.

Charges of aggrieved assault are more serious and carry a higher penalty of up to 10 years in jail. This sentence is dependent on the seriousness of the charge, with a fourth degree charge being the most lenient and a second degree charge carrying the most severe sentence.

Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf

Experienced defense attorneys know the legal system inside out – and former prosecutors know it even more thoroughly. Dennis Calo is a criminal defense attorney with 40 years of experience in a wide range of criminal cases. A respected trial attorney, he can assist you right from the start – from monitoring your arrest to negotiating pleas, robustly representing you in court and managing the appeals process, if needed.

If you want a criminal defense lawyer that you can trust to defend your case professionally and aggressively, contact us today and find out how Dennis Calo can help you. Visit www.criminaldefense-nj.com for more information.

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