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Parental Alienation in New Jersey

Parental Alienation in New Jersey

Parental Alienation Syndrome in New Jersey is not recognized as admissible.  However, there is no case that we are aware of that indicates that it is inadmissible. In other words, its an open question.

Consider the case of M.A. v. A.I. a 2014 unpublished case which stated:

At the time of trial, PAS was not a recognized syndrome in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), and it is not a recognized syndrome in the new fifth edition. The Supreme Court and this court have not yet determined that PAS is a scientifically reliable or generally accepted theory. The admission of novel scientific material like PAS must meet the test established in Frye, supra, 293 F. at 1014, that is, that the opinions are “generally accepted, within the relevant scientific community.” State v. Henderson, 208 N.J. 208, 248 (2011); State v. Chun, 194 N.J. 54, 91, cert. denied, 555 U.S. 825, 129 S. Ct. 158, 172 L. Ed. 2d 41 (2008); State v. Harvey, 151 N.J. 117, 169-70 (1997), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1085, 120 S. Ct. 811, 145 L. Ed. 2d 683 (2000).

Neither the scientific reliability nor general acceptance of PAS was established in this case, by either the testimony of any expert or the literature. Indeed, the theory is still the subject of considerable controversy within the medical and legal communities and should not have played a part in the court’s ruling. We express no opinion on whether evidence of PAS may ever be properly admitted. We note only that, in this case, a proper foundation for its admission was not established.

Instead of trying to fight such an uphill battle, our team of parental alienation lawyers often suggest that the focus should be on the behavior and not the label.  Clearly, a parent engaging in alienation is not a fit parent and subjecting a child to that behavior is not in the child’s best interest.  Remember that parental alienation is the behavior and parental alienation syndrome is the effect is has on the child.  That’s why our lawyers focus on proving the behavior and then arguing to the Court that custody should be changed as a result.

If you are battling a parental alienation case in New Jersey, call our team of tough, smart attorneys at 1-855-9-JEFLAW or visit our parental alienation website at http://fightparentalalienation.com

 

Bergen County Violation of Probation Lawyers

Bergen County Violation of Probation Lawyers

A violation of probation in Bergen County can result in you going to jail or prison. Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of people facing a violation of probation in Bergen County. This is because they don’t take it seriously. They hire a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge fight and you should find a lawyer that can aggressively fight for you. At the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq, our team of tough, smart Bergen County violation of probation lawyers will fight to get your vop dismissed. From filing a motion to dismiss the VOP to negotiation, our attorneys know how to employ the strategies necessary to work to get the results you want. Our initial consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose by calling us to discuss your vop. Find out how our Bergen County lawyers can help you.

Middlesex County Violation of Probation Lawyers

Middlesex County Violation of Probation Lawyers

A violation of probation (VOP) in Middlesex County can end with you doing serious jail or prison time. This is nothing to mess around with. As soon as you are told that you have been violated by your probation officer, your next call should be to a lawyer. Waiting around or thinking about it is not a strategy to help you win the case. You need an attorney that will aggressively fight for you in Middlesex County to make sure that you don’t go to jail. We are always available for you so call our team of tough, smart violation of probation lawyers to see how we can help you. Our initial consultations are free so call us now to discuss your case, day or night.

New Jersey Firearms Attorney

New Jersey Firearms Attorney

Our team of tough, smart New Jersey Firearms Attorneys can help you no matter what type of firearms issue you have.  if you are just applying for a gun permit or a firearms ID card, we can make sure that your application goes through without a hitch.  If you have a juvenile record, an adult criminal record, a restraining order, mental health issues, DWIs or other issues that could make it impossible to get a gun permit in NJ, our lawyers can help you remove those restrictions.  If you have already been denied a gun permit in any town in New Jersey we can represent you for the appeal.

We also offer hard hitting criminal defense so if you have been charged with any firearms crime, we will fight to get the charges against you dismissed.  With offices throughout New Jersey, we are the statewide law firm that can represent in any possible firearms issue you have.  Our initial consultations are always free, so call us today to speak to a NJ firearms attorney.

NJ Firearms ID card Attorney

NJ Firearms ID card Attorney

If you need help applying for a Firearms ID card in New Jersey, our team of tough, smart lawyers can help you. If you want to make sure that your firearms ID card application goes through without a hitch, we can help you handle the process smoothly and quickly. If you have been denied, we can handle the gun permit appeal for you. We are one of the few law firms that have handled gun permit appeals up and down New Jersey. From Cumberland County to Bergen County, our attorneys have helped clients fight for their gun rights.

We can also help you remove the various problems that may be preventing you from obtaining an FID card in New Jersey. It is only in rare cases that there is nothing you can do. Our attorneys can assist most people in removing the roadblocks to a succesful firearms ID card application.

Our initial consultations are free, so call us today to discuss.

Monmouth County Violation of Probation Lawyers

Monmouth County Violation of Probation Lawyers

A violation of probation in Monmouth County can end up with you going to prison. If you want to stay out of prison, your best bet is to hire an aggressive Monmouth County VOP lawyer right way. Waiting around to see what happens is not a plan. You don’t need to wait for the paperwork. If you have been told by your probation officer that you will be violated, call us now. Our team of tough, smart Monmouth County violation of probation attorneys know how to fight the case. Our initial consultations are free so call us today to see how we can help you with your vop.

Ocean County Domestic Violence Lawyers

Ocean County Domestic Violence Lawyers

Domestic violence in Ocean County can take many forms.  Quite often when people thing of domestic violence, they think of restraining orders.  Certainly, defending or prosecuting a temporary restraining order is a big part of what a domestic violence attorney does.  However, an attorney can also help you vacate a final restraining order. In addition, there are many criminal charges that can be filed in addition to or in lieu of a final restraining order.  These include but are not limited to simple assault, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and harassment.

Besides those criminal charges, custody and parenting time rights can be impacted as well.  This can be through a motion, an initial custody determination or through a divorce case.  DYFS also known as DCPP can also get involved when domestic violence allegations are made in Ocean County.  Of course, all of these issues can come into play at the same time.

Our Ocean County Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorneys are fully equipped to handle all of your domestic violence issues no matter how serious they may be.  Our initial consultations are free so call us anytime to discuss your case.

Nationwide Proffer Agreement Consultant

Nationwide Proffer Meeting Consultant

A proffer meeting is most often used in a white collar crime setting but it can be used with other crimes as well.  Too many people rush into this meeting just because their defense attorney suggested it. There is no thought or strategy put into this ahead of time.  As a result, this proffer meeting really just turns into a confession meeting.  However, you can use this proffer meeting to prevent yourself from ever being charged.

Your first step in turning this proffer session into a positive is to hire the right lawyer.  This can be easier said that done which is why we offer our team of tough, smart nationwide proffer consultants.  No matter where you live, we can work with you to make sure you are not putting yourself on the fast track to being arrested.  We can either walk you through the process or we can represent you for the proffer meeting itself.

Once you have the right lawyer on board, you will want to make sure that you have a plan.  Why are you doing a proffer?  What are you looking to accomplish?  Doing it just to make the US Attorney’s office happy is not a plan.  Keep in mind that they have a plan and their plan is probably to get enough information to arrest you.

You want to give as much information as you get.  This is where your lawyer comes into play.  Your lawyer should be able to get some information from this proffer session.  It shouldn’t just be a one way street.

Have you looked over the proffer agreement carefully?  Don’t be afraid to request it before you get there.  You don’t want to rush through the proffer agreement.  It is very important and if it is not set up the right way, you could be really harming yourself here.  Read it and understand it.

If you are thinking about attending a proffer session, call us today at 1-855-9-JEFLAW to discuss how we can help you.

Atlantic City Shoplifting Attorneys

Atlantic City Shoplifting Attorneys

Between the mall and the outlets, there are a lot of retail stores in Atlantic City. As a result, there are also a lot of shoplifting charges in Atlantic City as well. Shoplifting is a serious offense and depending on the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen, it can be a felony offense. In fact, the merchandise only has to total $200 or more to be a felony. With the high end stores in Atlantic City, this is not difficult amount to get up to. Don’t let your entire future be ruined by a felony criminal record. If you have been charged with shoplifting in Atlantic City, call our team of tough, smart lawyers today. We will fight for you and do everything we can to defeat the shoplifting charges against you. Our initial consultations are free, so call us today to discuss your case.

Tinton Falls Shoplifting Lawyers

Tinton Falls Shoplifting Lawyers

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Tinton Falls, it most likely happened at the outlets. Ever since they were built, shoplifting charges have been on the rise in Tinton Falls. Prior to their construction, shoplifting cases were rare there with little retail stores. Shoplifting is a serious crime and depending on the value of the merchandise, it can lead to a felony record. Our team of smart, tough Tinton Falls shoplifting lawyers can help you defeat these charges to keep your record clean.

Our primary is located in Tinton Falls, just minutes from the court. You can either come into our office or call us to discuss your case over the phone. Our initial consultation are always free.