Bronx Domestic Violence Lawyer
Compassionate Bronx Domestic Violence Attorney Ready To Assist You
There are two sides to every story. Often, in the context of domestic violence prosecutions, those sides get mixed up in law enforcement’s attempt to make charges stick where they shouldn’t apply. It is important to have a knowledgeable Bronx domestic violence lawyer to represent you during this time.
No one condones domestic violence. It is a terrible part of our society, and we must all work together to end the bad behavior of criminal batterers and aggressors.
But terms like “batterer,” “abuser,” and “aggressor” are frequently misconstrued when it comes to criminal prosecutions. The same goes for much of the vague and oft-misused terminology that fills New York’s domestic violence statutes.
Anti-domestic violence laws have expanded considerably over the last thirty years, often with the very best of intentions. But as is often the case when police are granted new powers, those good intentions are run awry by overaggressive arrests and prosecutions.
Domestic conflict is an inherently complicated and sensitive situation. Nearly every couple argues from time to time, and in some cases, those arguments get out of hand. Unquestionably, those conflicts can cross an unacceptable line, but whether or not someone has crossed that line is not always clear in the emotional haze of a domestic dispute.
Too often, police accept one side of the story without fully investigating the other. They sometimes jump to conclusions, and as a result, innocent people face the terrible accusation of false or exaggerated domestic violence.
Remember that if you are facing criminal domestic violence charges in New York, the state is trying to put you behind bars. They may very well ruin your reputation along the way. But before they can do that, it is their burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you specifically meet and each every element of the criminal statute they’re charging you with.
As a Bronx domestic violence attorney, it is our office’s job to hold the state accountable to its burden of proof.
We understand that domestic situations can be sticky. We understand that people don’t always remember events in the way they actually happened. We understand that couples argue, tempers flare, and false accusations can quickly escalate out of hand. We understand that everyone is human, and anyone can make a mistake.
At the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, LLC, we are not here to judge you, your significant other, or your relationship. We are simply here to stop the government from ruining your life. While we deplore true domestic violence, I’m committed to defending those who need a legal advocate by their side.
We pride ourselves on creating a safe zone in our office where anyone in need of a strong and vigorous criminal defense can come for strategic representation and honest advice.
FAQs: Facing Domestic Violence Charges in New York
Q: Can I face jail time for domestic violence in New York?
Yes. All domestic violence charges carry jail time in New York. The amount of jail time you are facing depends on whether you have been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence or a Class A, B, C, D, or E felony. In New York, the maximum jail sentences for felonies range from four years to life behind bars.
Q: Can I face fines for domestic violence in New York?
Yes. Similar to jail time, the fines you are facing depend on the severity of the charge (or charges) against you. Fines for misdemeanor domestic violence can be up to $1,000, while felony charges can carry tens of thousands of dollars in financial penalties.
Q: Can the judge prevent me from going home or seeing my children?
Yes. In addition to jail time and other penalties, the judge can issue an Order of Protection (commonly called a “restraining order”) that prevents you from returning home, visiting your children’s school, and potentially even seeing your children at all. At the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, LLC, our trusted Bronx domestic violence lawyer will fight to make sure our clients face consequences that are no greater than necessary.
The Elements of a Statute Matter
In New York, the criminal law with which you will be charged is called a statute. Generally speaking, each statute is defined by a list of elements. The government must prove that your conduct matches every element in the statute. And for each element, the state’s burden of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
It is important that you understand this: When we represent you, we are challenging the state’s effort to prove that you meet each element. That is not the same thing as justifying your every action.
You may not be proud of the way you behaved. You may realize that a situation got out of hand, and you may feel guilty about the way you handled things. But that does not necessarily mean that you have committed a crime within the specific meaning of the prosecutor’s statutes.
It is the job of your Bronx domestic assault attorney to show that you have not satisfied the elements, with the goal of having the charges dismissed and your reputation restored.
Along the way, it is your right to be treated with confidentiality, dignity, and respect. As a respected Bronx domestic assault lawyer I will show you the compassion you deserve.
In every case, we work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Get Started with a Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic violence prosecutions in New York are very serious matters. Your future and your reputation are on the line. The sooner our attorney can get involved, the better poised we will be to protect you. Time is truly of the essence.
Please do not delay. Contact an aggressive and experienced Bronx domestic violence attorney by calling the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, LLC today.