Domestic violence charges are always very serious, but if you are facing such charges, do not panic. Domestic violence accusations are often brought in the heat of the moment – during a fight – and the responding officers often make an arrest at that time. Now is a good time to exercise your right to remain silent and call an attorney. Prosecutors take domestic violence cases very seriously, and it can be challenging to avoid a conviction without the proper legal assistance. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, it’s time to call an experienced domestic violence lawyer in Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County, New York.
Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence is not a specific offense in New York, but it is charged under other criminal offenses like assault, stalking, and harassment. Domestic violence-related charges are often closely tied to divorce cases, which further complicates the issue because the stress associated with divorce can push otherwise reasonable spouses to engage in extremely unreasonable behavior – on both sides.
While domestic violence is against the law and these charges are serious, you do have rights as a defendant, and that includes the right to present a defense against your charges. Your defense strategy will obviously be unique based on the circumstances of your case, but some general strategies include:
- The prosecutor has insufficient evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
- You were acting in self-defense.
- The incident involved you attempting to protect another family member from abuse.
- The alleged victim has changed their story about what happened.
- You were falsely accused, so the alleged victim could gain leverage in a divorce or custody case.
Retain an Experienced Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Now
If you’re facing domestic violence charges, don’t waste time considering your options – it’s time to engage professional legal counsel. Nicklaus Misiti at the Law Offices of Nicklaus Misiti, PLLC, is a Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County domestic violence attorney with the dedication and skill to tirelessly defend your rights and help obtain your case’s most positive conclusion. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 845.926.1177 today.