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Unfortunately, the crime of domestic violence is quite common not only in the state of New York, but across the country. Due to its prevalence today, law enforcement has taken action to streamline the legal process for these types of cases, and try to rehabilitate the parties involved. In many areas across the U.S., special courtrooms have been created to handle these cases. A Brooklyn Domestic Violence Lawyer from our team can explain that the special courtrooms handle both criminal and family law aspects of these cases, which promotes judicial economy. Interestingly, there is no actual crime called domestic violence. This term refers to a collection of possible offenses, which can include matters such as Rape, assault, sexual harassment and other sex crimes. What all of these crimes have in common is that the parties share a blood or familial relationship. If you or a loved one has been involved in domestic violence matter, it is important to speak to a qualified member of our legal team for guidance and a free consultation. If convicted, the penalties can very harsh.
This offense is a criminal act that takes place between two people that have a family or intimate relationship. The special courtrooms that govern these cases (integrated domestic violence courtrooms), handle these cases in a new way, and combine both standard legal punishments with new innovative programs that are designed to address the root of the problem. The court looks to rehabilitate the individuals via individual and couples counseling, anger management classes, and parenting classes. The goal of these programs is not only to help and rehabilitate the families involved, but also to prevent these problems from recurring in the future. By using these new programs, judicial efficiency improves, and prevents needless overlap between the criminal and family court systems.
Once the defendant is arrested, police will ask the victim to file a Domestic Violence Incident Report. Police use this report to collect facts and information about the case. Sometimes the victim is asked to write it, and in other instances law enforcement writes it and ask the victim to sign it. This report is important, so if you are the victim, make sure you know what you are signing. Once finalized, it is very difficult to make any changes or corrections to it.
Our legal team is well aware that sometimes the victim’s allegations are false. Unfortunately, whether true or not these allegations can be extremely damaging to the accused personal and professional reputation. Law enforcement is often reluctant to take the accused story into account, and will often not be interested in accepting a complaint filed by them. This is because police may feel that the accused cross complaint is merely retaliatory in nature.
If you have been involved in a domestic violence incident, our team suggests you take the following actions:
Seek Medical Attention. It is always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor, even if you aren’t sure if you are seriously hurt. It is always important to put your wellbeing first. Also if you are hurt, this will document your injuries.
Take Photographs. Whether you are the accused or the victim, photos of any injuries is extremely important. Your cell phone is excellent for this purpose.
Collect Contact Information for Any Witnesses. If there were any witnesses to the incident, gather their contact information as soon as possible after the altercation. Their testimony could be very important to your case.
Whether you have been accused of Sexual Assault, rape, or endangering the welfare of a child, speak to our legal team for guidance and a free consultation. We have office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. We also have locations in Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island, and Westchester County. Contact us today for your free consultation at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.