Being charged with any serious criminal offense, especially one involving domestic violence, can be a stressful and challenging situation. Mere allegations of domestic violence can not only interfere with your daily life but a conviction can have devastating consequences. New York can impose harsh penalties for convicted offenders, and if you are found guilty a crime related to domestic violence, you could be facing penalties such as a jail sentence, probation, protracted orders of protection as well as negative consequences in divorce, custody and family offense proceedings. You may also be burdened by the additional consequence of a permanent criminal record.
The bottom line is that if you are facing criminal charges involving domestic violence, it is a serious matter which requires immediate attention from an experienced attorney. Don’t wait until it’s already too late. To set up a confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Queens domestic violence attorney Victor Knapp right away at (718) 263-9000. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start exploring your options.
Victor Knapp: Queens Domestic Violence Lawyer
It is fairly common for the complainant in a domestic violence case to attempt to withdraw the complaint, or to be uncooperative with prosecutors . As a result, many defendants mistakenly believe that they have nothing to worry about, and ignore the proper defense of their case . However, there has been a distinct trend for prosecutors in domestic violence cases to continue the criminal prosecution of a case and to proceed to trial to obtain a conviction, despite the reluctance or non-cooperation by the complaining witness.
As you prepare to face the challenges ahead, it is absolutely critical that you have the guidance and support of a knowledgeable attorney with experience handling domestic violence charges like yours. Victor Knapp, Esq., is equipped with over 34 years of experience representing juvenile and adult clients in a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor domestic violence cases, including but not limited to charges of:
- Criminal Contempt
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Violent Crimes
Fighting the Charges Against You
In the absence of witness testimony (where a complainant refuses to testify), domestic violence trials often involve the attempted admission of testimony which would normally be considered hearsay. This might include a complainant’s initial call to 911, police testimony about the demeanor of the complainant, observations of bruises or lacerations, and property damage or other indications of violence. In other cases, prosecutors closely monitor the defendant’s compliance with an existing order of protection , a violation of which can be prosecuted as an independent criminal contempt charge.
Conversely, where complaining witnesses are cooperative with the prosecution, their credibility and motivations must be analyzed. In some cases, not only have the initial charges been brought out of malice or to obtain leverage in divorce or child custody cases, but innocent people have been falsely arrested based upon fabricated allegations of violating an order of protection. Unfortunately, disgruntled spouses or significant others have used criminal allegations to turn the tables in pending contentious divorce or child custody battles.
Furthermore, even if your arrest was the result of a mutual conflict and the other person wishes to withdraw the domestic violence charges against you, the law does not allow anyone besides the prosecutor to drop the charges against you. This leaves you open to a potential criminal conviction despite the fact that you may have already reconciled with the other person.
In many instances, charges involving domestic violence are graded as felonies. In New York, felony convictions can result in prison terms of anywhere from one year to life, as well as enormously expensive fines in the thousands of dollars.
These points only highlight the importance of having aggressive legal representation when facing domestic violence charges.
Contact Us Today if You Are Facing Domestic Violence Charges in Queens, NY
When you need a domestic violence attorney or criminal defense lawyer, Victor Knapp is here to serve you. With offices conveniently located in Kew Gardens, the practice is uniquely situated to serve clients in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and the five-borough area. To arrange for a private case evaluation, call (718) 263-9000 at any time or day or night. You can also contact us online.
 This may be due to the belated realization by the complainant of the consequences of fabricated or exaggerated charges, or to a change of heart regarding the original allegations.
 Some have been even foolish enough not to show up in court, thinking that the case against them will be automatically dismissed. This normally results in a bench warrant and possible or likely bail jumping charges — even if the underlying domestic violence case is dismissed.
 Exposure to these violations can take the form of telephone records showing calls between the defendant and complainant or observations of them being together (a violation of a full order of protection), as well as allegations by a complaining witness of attempted contacts or attempted influence by the defendant.