Right to Attorney Must Be Advised in Domestic Violence Criminal Cases State v. Ashford 373 NJ Super. ___ (App. Div. 2004)
Ridges v. Rosenblatt, 58 N.J. 281 (1971), requires the assignment of counsel to an indigent before he can be incarcerated by the Family Part on a conviction for non indictable contempt, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9(b), based on a violation of a domestic-violence restraining order. In this case the conviction was based on the testimony of a responding police officer who reported the hearsay excited utterance of defendant's former girlfriend, and on the retrial, the Family Part should consider the impact of Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36, 124 S.Ct. 1354, 158 L.Ed.2d 177 (2004), with respect to admissibility of the statement.
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