OFFENSES AGAINST FAMILY

BIGAMY

2C:24-1. Bigamy. Having more than one spouse – a disorderly persons offense.

ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN

2C:24-4. Endangering the Welfare of Children. Any person having a legal duty for the care of a child (parent) or who has assumed responsibility for the care of a child (guardian or baby sitter) who engaged in sexual conduct which would “impair or debauch the morals of the child,” or who causes the child harm “that would make the child an abused or neglected child” is guilty of a 2nd degree crime. A child is defined as a person less than 16 years old.

NEGLECT OF ELDERLY OR DISABLED

2C:24-8. Neglect of Elderly or Disabled. A person who has a legal duty or assumed the care for an elderly person over 60 or for disabled person who abandons that person is guilty of a 3rd degree crime.

USE OF A MINOR TO COMMIT A CRIMINAL OFFENSE

2C:24-9. Use of a Minor to Commit a Criminal Offense. Using a person who is under 18 to help facilitate a crime is a separate 4th degree offense. A reasonable mistake as to the minor’s age is not a defense.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence. The laws prohibiting domestic violence are found in chapter 25 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. They provide which criminal acts or offenses give rise to domestic violence (see 2C:25-19), the procedure for arrest and forfeiture of weapons (see 2C:25-21), the procedure for an emergent hearing in family court (see 2C:25-28), the imposition of final restraining orders, and the laws regarding contempt for violating an existing restraining order (see 2C:25-30 through 2C:25-31.)

What starts out as a minor lover’s quarrel can quickly escalate into serious charges involving arrest, forfeiture, and imposition of a final restraining order. Within a couple of days of an arrest, you may find yourself before a family court judge for a determination of whether a final restraining order should be imposed and legally owned weapons permanently forfeited. The laws behind domestic violence are complex and require the careful navigation by an experienced attorney to ensure a favorable outcome. Therefore at Roberts & Teeter, LLC we highly recommend seeking counsel with a lawyer as soon as possible if you are charged with domestic violence. The consequences may be permanent.

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