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Domestic Violence: Arrests, Charges, and the time before Trial

Domestic Violence is the criminal offense of being violent or threatening violence against a family member or housemate, any former or current romantic partner, or the co-parent of the offender’s child.

Two types of arrests occur in conjunction with the offense of domestic violence. The first, a mandatory arrest, is a required arrest in the case of visible injury, violation of a restraining order, the use of a weapon, or when there is an outstanding warrant for arrest. The second, a discretionary arrest, occurs only when there is evidence or reasonable belief that domestic violence had occurred and the victim remains in danger.

Even at the victim’s request, charges of this nature cannot be dropped, regardless of any change in the relationship between the offender and victim. In the case that a civil restraining order—which often prohibits an offender from contacting the victim—is violated, the victim should call authorities as soon as they can.

Over the course of waiting for a trial, many victims experience negative pressure from the offender’s friends or family. When this happens, police should be called immediately.

Domestic violence always warrants legal action and nothing is better to grant you peace of mind. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or going through a domestic violence case, contact an attorney with Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. at (732) 898-2378 for representation.



Young Jeezy arrested over allegation of domestic violence

Rapper Young Jeezy has turned himself in to the authorities after a jury issued a warrant over allegations that he physically assaulted and threatened his own son, a report by the Huffington Post revealed Tuesday, January 7.

According to the report, the 36-year-old hip hop artist turned himself over to the police on Friday, January 3 after a grand jury released a domestic violence warrant against him. Court reports obtained by a celebrity news website had stated Young Jeezy physically assaulted his teenage son, and threatened that he would “put a bullet” into his head.

The rapper was set free after posting bail of $45,000.

Individuals dealing with an abusive member of the family should seek the assistance of experienced and knowledgeable family law attorneys to protect their rights and secure their safety. Our team at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka Esq. in Monmouth County is ready to help you get through this tough time and assist you with your legal representation needs when you call 732-898-2378 today.



Ex-pro basketball player Sean Banks faces domestic violence charge

Former NBA player Sean Banks was arrested by the Englewood police for domestic violence charges involving the mother of his child on Monday, September 30.

28-year-old Banks reportedly broke into her home and slashed the tires of her vehicle after she told him to leave. Banks was also charged for several other offenses, including armed burglary, criminal mischief, possession of illegal weapons, harassment, and resisting arrest. He has also outstanding warrants for auto theft, aggravated assault, and marijuana possession.

Banks is currently being held in Bergen County Jail on a $120,000 bail.

Domestic violence is an issue that should be taken seriously, and at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., our Monmouth County lawyers dedicate ourselves to helping the victims of this mistreatment get the help and protection they need. Discuss restraining orders and other options by calling (732) 898-2378 today.



Court order issued for actress Pia Zadora after hosing son

Singer-actress Pia Zadora was ordered by a judge to undergo complete alcohol and impulse control counselling following her arrest in May regarding an instance of domestic abuse.

Zadora was charged with domestic abuse and coercion after using a hose to spray her 16-year old son, trying to make him go to bed so she could rest. When the teenager attempted to call 911, she tried to forcibly take the phone from him. She told the cops she thought he was going to call the police on her so he could avoid bedtime.

She will be imprisoned for 30 days if she fails to follow the court order, according to The Las Vegas Sun.

Domestic abuse is a serious issue for many people in Monmouth County. Our legal team at Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., is dedicated to helping anyone in this situation get the legal help they need to escape such mistreatment. Call us at (732) 898-2378 to find out what we can do to help you today.