MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY LAW
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If you are of thinking about getting divorced, have already decided that you want to file for divorce, were recently served with a complaint for divorce by your spouse, or were previously divorced and have a post-divorce issue relating to your children or ex-spouse, the most effective way to ensure that you understand your options and are making an informed decision that is in your best interest (and the best interest of your children, if you have children) is by speaking with an experienced family law attorney who can answer your questions and provide you with helpful legal guidance on how to move forward. At THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LLC, Mr. Graves is experienced in all areas of matrimonial and family law including: negotiation of settlement agreements, custody, parenting time issues, child support and college expenses, alimony, equitable distribution of marital property, enforcement and modification of divorce judgments and agreements, domestic violence, and relocation with children.

Mr. Graves offers a free initial legal consultation. During this initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. He will provide you with an honest and straightforward legal assessment of your case. The purpose of this consultation is to provide you with useful and helpful information that will allow you to move forward with your case in a practical, cost-efficient way that will protect your rights and best interests.

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LLC at 973-534-7238.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE
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Mr. Graves served as an assistant prosecutor at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for more than four years and is an experienced criminal defense attorney. He has argued numerous cases throughout the state in Municipal Courts, Superior Courts and the Appellate Division. Mr. Graves will take the time to sit down with you to review and discuss the facts of your case and answer any questions or concerns you have about your case. His first priority is making sure you understand every aspect of your case. As a former assistant prosecutor, Mr. Graves prosecuted a wide-range of criminal matters and worked side-by-side with police and detectives in assisting them with search warrant applications and investigations. This past experience as an assistant prosecutor allowed Mr. Graves to see, firsthand, the techniques and methods utilized by law enforcement to gather evidence and the mistakes and shortcuts that occur when this is not done properly. In addition to handing adult criminal matters, Mr. Graves’ practice also includes representing juveniles in Family Court, where the person charged is younger than eighteen years of age. In most cases, the overall goal of the Family Court is rehabilitation of the juvenile. Mr. Graves has extensive experience in all aspects of juvenile proceedings, and has handled numerous cases over the years as both an assistant prosecutor and defense attorney.

Mr. Graves represents clients in all areas of criminal law including:

  • Posting Bail
  • Pretrial Intervention (PTI)
  • Drug Offenses
  • Theft and Fraud Offenses
  • Assault Offenses
  • Eluding
  • Motor Vehicle Violations
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sex Offenses
  • Arson
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Probation Violations
  • Parole Violations
  • Drug Court Violations
  • Indictable offenses
  • Non-indictable offenses (Disorderly Persons, Petty Disorderly Persons, Ordinance Violations)

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic Violence

New Jersey takes domestic violence very seriously and has enacted some of the most comprehensive and protective laws in the country to ensure that victims of domestic violence can receive protection against their abusers from the courts. By its nature, domestic violence is something that often occurs in the privacy of the family home behind closed doors. Victims of domestic violence often live this unfortunate reality for many years before coming forward and seeking help from the courts. This is particularly true when the party who is being abused is financially dependent on the abuser.

As a former assistant prosecutor, Mr. Graves is keenly aware of the nuances and unique issues involved in domestic violence cases. He is also aware that occasionally, people abuse the protections available under the domestic violence statute by making false accusations of domestic violence against an innocent party. If you are a victim of domestic violence or the victim of a false accusation of domestic violence, Mr. Graves can help you.

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238

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CIVIL LITIGATION
Civil Litigation

Civil complaints and lawsuits allow private parties to resolve their disputes when they are unable to do so on their own outside of court. Civil litigation can be time consuming, expensive and stressful to the parties. Every good civil attorney knows that, ideally, a client’s best interests will be served if a case can be resolved through negotiations that result in an agreement favorable to the client. Mr. Graves is a skilled negotiator who is mindful of the cost of litigation and approaches every civil case with an eye towards obtaining a favorable settlement agreement for his clients outside of court. However, if negotiations fail, Mr. Graves has extensive courtroom experience and he will be fully prepared to try your case.

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238

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MUNICIPAL COURT AND TRAFFIC TICKETS
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Motor vehicle offenses and non-indictable offenses are almost always heard in municipal court. Municipal court cases should be taken seriously. Quite often, people underestimate the seriousness of their charges being heard in municipal court. Many offenses heard in municipal court, including many motor vehicle tickets, carry substantial fines, penalties, loss of driver’s license and even incarceration in the county jail. Fortunately, if you are represented by legal counsel, there is a good chance your attorney will be able to resolve your case in a way that is favorable to you. Mr. Graves has appeared in numerous municipal courts throughout the State and is intricately familiar with the municipal court system. He will help you achieve a favorable outcome in your case.

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238.

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EXPUNGEMENTS
Expungement

Expungements are truly a wonderful thing. They allow you to wipe the slate clean by erasing your arrest record and criminal history. In today’s job market, any type of criminal infraction, even a charge or arrest for a minor offense that was ultimately dismissed, can ruin an otherwise promising employment opportunity. Expunging your arrest record and criminal history is beneficial in the following ways:

  • With the exception of law enforcement and the judiciary, you will be able to legally answer on job applications and during interviews that you were not arrested or convicted of the offense that you had expunged.
  • Allows you to become eligible to purchase and possess firearms
  • Increases your chances of being considered for employment opportunities in law enforcement, governmental agencies, and other positions where security clearance is required.

Most criminal offenses are eligible for expungement. Therefore, you should not assume that your conviction is not eligible. An attorney must carefully look at your record to determine what actually happened when you appeared in court on the underlying charge(s) to understand if and when you will be eligible for an expungement.

To schedule a free initial consultation to determine your eligibility for an expungement, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238.

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NAME CHANGE APPLICATIONS
Name Change

One of the primary ways we identify ourselves as individuals is by our names. There are many different personal reasons why someone may want to change their name. For some people, their sense of self and identity evolves, changes, and develops over the course of their life. An application for a name change requires a complaint to be filed in Superior Court. In applying for a name change application, one must comply with strict filing deadlines and notice requirements, including publication. Retaining an attorney to guide you through the name change process will ensure that your application is successful.

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss a name change, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238.

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FIREARM PERMITS
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If you want to purchase a firearm or apply for a permit to carry a handgun, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Graves. He has handled numerous firearm applications and appeals. He has extensive legal expertise in the area of firearm applications and firearm appeals to the Superior Court. Mr. Graves will guide you through the complex firearm application process. He will ensure that your application is accurate and complete so that it will be properly evaluated by the law enforcement entity that will initially determine your eligibility to purchase and/or carry firearms. If your application is denied, you can retain Mr. Graves to file an appeal of the denial of your application. The appeal will be decided by an independent, neutral Superior Court judge. This appeal is a second opportunity to have your application considered and potentially granted.

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your right to purchase or carry a firearm, contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LCC at 973-534-7238.

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FIREARM RETURNS
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Each year in New Jersey thousands of people have their firearms seized by law enforcement as a result of domestic violence incidents. When a domestic violence restraining order is issued in New Jersey, the police are often authorized to search for and seize any firearms. Once firearms are seized, they are typically transported and stored in the evidence locker room at the county prosecutor’s office. If law enforcement seizes your firearms, they will maintain possession of your property unless and until all of the charges against you are dismissed. However, even if the charges are dismissed, the prosecutor may elect to file a motion for forfeiture of your firearms based on other reasons or concerns.

If your firearms or hunting equipment has been seized by law enforcement, you should contact THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN P. GRAVES, LLC at 973-534-7238 to schedule an initial free legal consultation to discuss your case.

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