What NJ Domestic Violence Defendants Need to Know about Victim’s Assistance Advocates

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

There are a lot of Dos and Don'ts after you're hit with an accusation of domestic violence in New Jersey. Understanding the procedure at a domestic violence scene can be overwhelming. For example, you do need to cooperate with authorities but don't want to interact with your accuser. This can get confusing when advocates start reaching out to you on behalf of your accuser. What do you do? Do you talk to them, or do you try to keep your distance? After all, aren't you supposed to avoid contact with the victim?

These questions and more present only a small fraction of the concerns you'll face when you're being investigated for domestic violence in New Jersey. You should always work with an experienced NJ defense attorney when navigating these complicated issues.

What is the Role of NJ Victims' Assistance Advocates?

When you're accused of domestic violence, you might discover your accuser is working with a victims' assistance advocate. These advocates serve to help the victim understand the process and provide them with resources to educate them on their situation. In some cases, they may provide the victims with financial help, a safe place to stay, and access to legal advice.

Do Victims' Assistance Advocates have Special Training?

Victims' assistance advocates work for non-profit organizations. Although those who manage the non-profit often have advanced training and skills, some of the advocates may not have as much specialized training as you'd assume. Sometimes, victims get bad advice.

In a situation where your accuser is working with a victims' advocate, you'll want to understand that they're receiving instruction and advice from someone who may not be fully trained to deal with the complex legal issues and emotions involved.

What Authority Do Victims' Assistance Advocates Have?

Domestic violence victims' assistance advocates in New Jersey may act like they have a lot of authority, but in reality, they don't. They'll advise your accuser to do this or that, but at the end of the day, the victim doesn't have to obey the directions of the advocate, and neither do you. These advocates can serve an important role in helping victims of domestic violence, but it's important for the accuser and the accused to remember that the best advice they can get will come from an experienced legal team.

Retain an Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you've been charged with domestic violence in New Jersey, you need to retain an experienced Defense Attorney right away. Defense Lawyer Joseph D. Lento and his skilled Criminal Defense Team will help you through the emotional and stressful process of a domestic violence accusation. To learn how we can help you today, call 888-555-3686 today or contact us online.

About the Author

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!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

​​​Contact The Lento Law Firm Today

When it comes to criminal defense cases, you need the right person in your corner. To learn more about how Mr. Lento can help you, call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686. or contact him online.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.