Domestic Violence Simple Assault Charges Dismissed
Disorderly Persons Offense under NJSA 2C:12-1(a) dropped in Cliffside Park, New Jersey
The criminal defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently represented a client in the Cliffside Park Municipal Court located in Cliffside Park, NJ. The Cliffside Park Municipal Court has jurisdiction over traffic violations (including DWI), local ordinance violations, and disorderly persons criminal offenses (misdemeanor). With offices in Hackensack, the criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm LLC represent clients charged with criminal and traffic violations throughout Bergen County NJ including in Cliffside Park, Mahwah, Ridgefield Park, and Elmwood Park.
If you or a loved one needs assistance with a criminal charge in Bergen County NJ, contact our Hackensack offices for immediate assistance at 201-556-1571.
In this case, the client was charged with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a) which, if convicted, could include the following penalties:
- Up to a $1,000 fine
- Up to six (6) months in the Bergen County Jail
- A permanent criminal charge on her record
- Immigration consequences
Since our client was not a United States citizen, she also could face serious immigration consequences if convicted of this offense. The facts of the case were as follows: Our client was a young Korean woman who married a US citizen and had a young child together. She had only been in the country a couple years but this was clearly an abusive relationship she was involved in. However, when the police came to their apartment, because the husband was the only one with “visible injuries”, namely a scratch on his arm, our client was charged with simple assault. Once we received the police reports and showed the prosecutor that, in fact, our client was the victim of domestic violence and not the aggressor, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case.
The case was carried for 90 days to ensure there were no other domestic violence calls to the residence and then the charges were dismissed. This was crucial to keep our client’s record client and to ensure that she had no problems with immigration. We then referred her to a divorce attorney so that she could remove herself from this abusive relationship she was involved in. This was a great result for the client and our law firm.