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Fighting Domestic Violence Charges in NYC, Brooklyn & Manhattan

If you have been accused of domestic violence, your entire future may be on the line. A domestic violence accusation may quickly escalate to formal charges and a conviction if you do not have a competent New York City criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and interests. Musa-Obregon Law PC offers free and confidential consultations, so don’t wait another moment to contact our firm to begin your defense.

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What is Domestic Violence?

The general definition of domestic violence is some form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse between spouses, family members, people who live together or are in a romantic relationship with one another.

The New York State Unified Court System defines domestic violence as:

  • A pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.

New York Code § 459 states that domestic violence is:

  • (i) such act or acts have resulted in actual physical or emotional injury or have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to such person or such person's child; and (ii) such act or acts are or are alleged to have been committed by a family or household member.

Penalties for Domestic Violence in New York

Domestic violence offenses may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies under New York Penal Code, depending on the severity of the offense and the specific law that applies.

A person may face criminal charges based upon a single event or a pattern of alleged abuse. As such, a defendant may face:

  • Time in jail or prison
  • Fines
  • Loss of the right to own a firearm
  • Court ordered treatment programs
  • Immigration consequences (if applicable)
  • Loss of reputation

A person who is accused of domestic violence may also have an order of protection served on him or her, which will restrict the accused from coming into contact with or even coming within a certain distance of the alleged victim. If the defendant is in the midst of a divorce or custody battle, he or she may also lose custody of his/her children.

The Challenges of Dealing with Domestic Violence Accusations

Not every domestic violence charge stems from a true act of violence or abuse. The amount of political and other attention that domestic abuse has received through the years has resulted in the implementation of criminal procedures that could lead to unfounded charges of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

The fact that women are most frequently the victims of domestic violence may also lead to a certain bias when it comes to these allegations. A law enforcement officer called to the scene of a domestic dispute may be too quick to side with the woman in the relationship, but what if the situation was actually simply a disagreement that got out of hand, or what if the woman wanted to take revenge against the man by accusing him of something he did not do? False accusations may fly in the heat of the moment, causing all too serious consequences.

Call Now for a Free Case Review

Make sure you work with a competent New York criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to fight for your rights in the face of domestic violence charges. Contact Musa-Obregon Law PC today to take the first step towards protecting your rights and securing your future. Backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, our team is respected throughout New York City for providing top-tier legal service.

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