Westchester County Domestic Violence Lawyer
In the state of New York, domestic violence includes child abuse, spousal abuse, family violence, and other crimes. It doesn’t require actual physical violence; threatening violence and inducing fear are sufficient to constitute domestic violence. If you are charged with a crime of domestic violence in Westchester County – and it can happen to anyone – you’re going to need the help of an experienced Westchester County domestic violence attorney.
Apart from the severe criminal penalties, a conviction for a domestic violence crime can also negatively affect:
- Future job opportunities;
- Your right to carry or own a firearm;
- Professional licensing; and
- Child custody / visitation provisions.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
Domestic violence is never cut and dry and often, this crime can be hard to prove. There are times when domestic assault evidence is crystal clear and times when it isn’t and because the ties between the alleged abuser and the alleged victim are so close that emotions get in the way and much of what really happened can get skewed very easily. This is why police dread domestic violence calls, as they can be very difficult to handle and the emotional nature of the situation can easily result in injury to the officer.
Following an alleged assault, the courts may issue protection orders. Protection orders, also known as restraining orders, can be used to protect family members (including a spouse, domestic partner or children) from contact with the alleged abuser.
Domestic violence can include child abuse, spousal abuse, and acts of aggression against family members. A conviction for a domestic aggression can negatively affect future job opportunities, your right to own a firearm, professional licensing, child custody, visitation and more. So, even if you are not convicted, you will still want your record expunged from this charge.
If you reside in New York and have been accused of domestic violence you need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced New York criminal defense attorney who understands New York’s domestic violence laws. If you want to get the best outcome then you should act right away so a defense strategy can be developed with your specific case in mind.
One of the biggest problems with domestic violence charges is the way they are handled within the system itself. This is the reason that there are so many false accusations of domestic aggression. These charges often come as part of a strategic plan, by the alleged victim, to gain leverage in child custody cases.
Proving that domestic violence never occurred can be done but it takes time that the court systems usually don’t allow for. Time is needed to gather witnesses and expose inconsistencies in the allegations made against you. You have rights. If you have been charged with domestic aggression, don’t put your future in the hands of an inexperienced attorney or public defender. Instead, call a Westchester County domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible. At Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC, we will explain New York’s domestic violence laws and design a defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome to your case. The sooner that you contact our team of attorneys, the sooner that we can begin defending your rights.
WE OFFER AN AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE STRATEGY
Domestic violence charges are extremely serious, and have a severe impact on an individual’s professional, personal and social lives. Not only do convictions involve prison sentences, but they could also jeopardize a person’s career, and impair his social life.
You may feel that your case is hopeless when you’re arrested for domestic violence, but that is not so at all. There are several defenses that can be used in your case to get charges against you dismissed or lowered.
For instance, your attorney may provide physical evidence or photographic evidence to claim that the injuries that the victim suffered were not caused by you. If the injuries seem inconsistent with the victim’s account of events, this can prove to be a significant and solid defense for you. There may be other types of evidence, including eyewitness accounts, and accounts from your neighbors that can be used to establish that it was the victim who instigated the abuse or violence, and not you.
Your Westchester County criminal defense attorney may also use photographic evidence of your physical condition at the time of the alleged incident, including whether you were injured, or suffered scratch marks as a defense.
Your attorney may be able to prove that you acted in self-defense and therefore should not face any criminal charges. If you had no other choice but to use physical force to defend yourself from imminent danger, you may be able to use self-defense as your strategy.
This is not an exhaustive list of strategies that may apply to your domestic violence case. If you have been arrested, don’t panic. To learn what kinds of defenses are possible in your case, and to get started defending yourself against the charges against you, speak to a Westchester County criminal defense attorney today.
Even if you are acquitted and a domestic assault accusation is exposed as a fabrication, the accusation alone can have a lasting negative impact on your life. Friends and family members may turn their back on you after you have been charged, even if you were never convicted. Let us put the law back on your side.
We believe in our clients, and we work diligently on behalf of every client. If you need criminal defense representation, call us at Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC immediately. With offices in Peekskill and Poughkeepsie, we serve clients in Beacon, Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Newburgh, Tarrytown, Greenburgh, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Putnam County, Orange County, and Rockland County. To learn more about how a Westchester County domestic violence attorney can help you fight an assault charge, email us or call us promptly at (914) 214-9335.
YOU’LL NEED A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
In no way is a domestic violence charge the equivalent of a conviction. Sometimes a false accusation can be discredited, or other defenses can be used to prove your innocence. But prevailing will require the skills and expertise of a knowledgeable and experienced Westchester County domestic violence attorney. At Kimberly Pelesz New York Law, LLC, we will explain New York’s domestic violence laws and design a defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome to your case. To arrange a free consultation to discuss your case, call our law firm at (914) 214-9335.