It's Not Always Cheery: Holiday Stress and Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

The holidays are always stressful. Between overspending, full social calendars, and time spent inside with close family, it's often a recipe for disaster when tempers flare. According to DVACT-PAI, an international domestic violence relief organization, the increase in access to alcohol, financial stress, and poor mental health can all lead to an increase in violence at home over the holidays. That's what a Marlboro man discovered when he was charged with domestic violence in the early hours of New Year's Day. 

While an incident at home may be related to holiday conflict, if you're arrested for domestic violence, you can still face serious consequences. You need the skilled legal advice of the Lento Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team right away. Call them at 888.535.3686 or contact them online today.  

Arrest on New Year's Day 

On Monday, January 1, 2024, the Marlboro Township Police Department responded to a call for urgent medical attention for a man who was assaulted. Upon arrival, police discovered a 64-year-old victim with serious trauma to his face, head, and neck and was rushed to the hospital. He was pronounced dead approximately one hour later. 

An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office revealed that the victim was involved in a verbal altercation with Carl A. Richards, who allegedly assaulted him. Richards and the victim both lived at the residence where the incident occurred. Police arrested Richards, and he faces a first-degree aggravated manslaughter charge. 

Manslaughter Charges in New Jersey 

Manslaughter in New Jersey is typically a second-degree felony punishable by ten to 20 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Manslaughter occurs when: 

  • You recklessly cause the death of another or 
  • You commit a crime "in the heat of passion resulting from a reasonable provocation" that would otherwise be considered murder. 

Manslaughter is often referred to as the "heat of passion" crime. However, the crime rises to aggravated manslaughter if: 

  • You recklessly caused the death of another under circumstances that demonstrated an "extreme indifference" to human life or 
  • You cause the death of another while attempting to flee or fleeing from a law enforcement officer.  

In New Jersey, first-degree aggravated manslaughter is a felony. If convicted, Richards could face ten to 30 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines. 

You Need a Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorney 

The holidays can be overwhelming for everyone, but if you're arrested for domestic violence over a family dispute, you need help right away. A domestic violence or other felony conviction can lead to jail time, hefty fines, and the destruction of your family. The skilled Criminal Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm has been zealously advocating for New Jersians accused of domestic violence for years. Find out how they can help you, too. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888.535.3686 to schedule your consultation, or contact them online today.  

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