Queens County Domestic Violence Attorney
Many people arrested on domestic violence charges – e.g., assault, harassment, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child – have done nothing wrong. In this day and age, the police and courts are overly sensitive when a spouse, significant other or child makes an allegation of violence. Thus, more often than not, when a 911 call is made, someone is going to get arrested.
If this has happened to you, you are probably confused, mad and horribly inconvenienced by the order of protection that prevents you from going home or near your loved one(s). That’s why you need to speak to Michael Dreishpoon, Esq. immediately.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence occurs when one household member threatens or commits violence against another household (or family) member. Most domestic violence charges are misdemeanors or violations, however, they can raise to the level of very serious felonies, which carry heavy jail sentences. As mentioned above, actual violence is not a prerequisite for an arrest. The mere threat of violence and/ or verbal abuse can also get you arrested. The domestic violence laws are designed not only to protect family members, but roommates, housemates and significant others, as well. Misdemeanor domestic violence charges have maximum penalties of 1 year in jail. If convicted of a misdemeanor, the order of protection will be in effect for five (5) years. In addition, such convictions can have serious ramifications on other aspects of your life (e.g., loss of custody or visitation rights; getting fired from your job; revocation of TLC, security or other licenses; getting deported). Thus, you need a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate these complicated waters.
What happens when you are accused of Domestic Violence in Queens?
At the arraignment (the first court appearance), the judge will issue an order of protection forbidding you to go near or communicate with (via phone, text, e-mail, Twitter or Facebook) the person who made the allegations. Even if this person actually goes to the courtroom and tells the judge that he/she doesn’t want an order of protection, one will be issued. This order of protection will remain in effect until the case is resolved. An experienced attorney like Michael Dreishpoon can attempt to get the order of protection modified to a limited order of protection, which permits the accused to go near, and communicate with, the accuser as long as he/she does not harass, annoy, harm or stalk that person.
HIRE A SUCCESSFUL QUEENS, NY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ATTORNEY
Michael Dreishpoon has successfully represented thousands of people accused of domestic violence charges in Queens County and the surrounding New York metropolitan area over the last 23-plus years. By examining the facts and circumstances of the arrest and performing a thorough investigation, Michael Dreishpoon domestic violence lawyer, has convinced the district attorney to dismiss many such cases. When the district attorney refuses to listen, Michael has won acquittals at trial for his clients. In one particular domestic violence case, Michael won a big victory at trial by convincing the jury that his client’s husband sustained several nasty head lacerations as a result of an accidental fall instead of an intentional assault.
Even if you momentarily lost your temper and laid your hands on a loved one, all is not lost. Queens domestic violence attorney Michael Dreishpoon can help you avoid jail time and a criminal record, as well as get you back into your home in a timely fashion. Also, if the Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”) has removed your kids from the home, Michael will help you get them back as quickly as possible.
Don’t let too much time pass before seeking legal counsel. Domestic violence charges can haunt you for months if not years. You can’t afford to take chances when it comes to your family. Call Michael Dreishpoon, Esq. today for sound legal advice and to get your life back in order.
If you or a family member has been involved violence incident in the Queens, New York City area, contact domestic violence attorney and criminal defense lawyer Michael Dreishpoon for a free consultation.
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