3 Frequently Asked Questions About Dating Violence

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Romantic relationships often ride the line between passionate and explosive. When arguments go too far, violence, abusive behavior, or vindictive accusations can result. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about dating violence.

Is Dating Violence the Same as Domestic Violence?

Dating violence is a specific type of abuse that occurs between romantic dating partners. Domestic violence encompasses a large group of violent offenses that can take place between any domestic pairing. This can include siblings, spouses, cousins, or even roommates. If you have been accused of perpetuating dating violence, it may be a charge of domestic violence that you actually face legally.

According to the New Jersey State Police, domestic and dating violence aren't limited to instances of physical violence. They also encompass other forms of abuse, including stalking, verbal and text-based threats/harassment, or criminal sexual conduct toward an individual who is considered protected under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991.

Who is Most Likely to be Charged with Dating Violence?

While both women and men can be either victims or perpetrators of dating violence, over 90% of people arrested for domestic violence are men. If you are a man involved in a volatile dating relationship, it is worth asking yourself if the situation could escalate to the point of violence or accusations of violence and what that would mean for your reputation, career, and future as a whole.

If you've already been accused of violence or abuse by a dating partner, your side of the story matters. Acting in self-defense or engaging in minor conduct during a heated argument are defensible acts. You have rights, and an experienced attorney can explain and protect them for you.

What Should I Do If I've Been Accused of Dating Violence?

If you've been accused of dating violence, the first step you should take is to cease all forms of communication with the alleged victim immediately. It is likely that a no-contact order has been or will be issued, which will impose legal consequences if you continue to reach out.

While it might be tempting to try to explain yourself or to apologize for your part in the altercation that led to the charges you're facing, your words can very easily be used against you. Whether you admit wrongdoing or provide a statement that can be taken out of context to support a case against you, the consequences will be profoundly negative.

The next step is to contact a criminal defense attorney to represent you. The criminal justice system is complex, and its procedures require years of education and experience to navigate successfully. Investing in a skilled defense attorney is investing in your future.

How the Lento Law Firm Can Help

If you're facing accusations of dating violence, you need an experienced domestic violence defense attorney on your side immediately. Don't allow the police or the prosecution to intimidate you into accepting a plea agreement you aren't comfortable with. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has spent years passionately defending individuals from domestic violence allegations. Contact the Lento Law Firm today at (888) 535-3686 to schedule a consultation.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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