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Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in New York City

Nassau County Domestic Violence Charges Attorney

NYC Attorney for Those Facing Criminal Charges Related to Family Offenses in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn

When a person gets into an argument with his or her spouse, romantic partner, or a family member, things do not usually go beyond angry words and hurt feelings. In some cases, however, the situation may escalate to physical acts of violence, and the police may become involved. Once the police are called, an arrest and criminal charges are possible, if not likely. In the state of New York, allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously, and district attorneys are often under immense pressure to convict alleged abusers.

If you are facing charges related to any type of violent behavior toward a spouse or family member, you need to put an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side immediately. At The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC, our team is experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate to the struggles of those charged with domestic violence. We know what is at stake, and we will do everything we can to help you protect your rights and your future.

Experience You Can Trust

Attorney Gregory J. Watford has over 25 years of experience practicing criminal law. Prior to becoming an attorney, he also spent more than 10 years working in law enforcement. Mr. Watford has worked as both a criminal investigator and assistant district attorney, which means he has seen all sides of a criminal case from crime scenes to the courtroom. His experience, along with his dedication to you as a client, is a valuable asset to have on your side if you are facing charges related to domestic violence. He knows the protocols that law enforcement must follow and the techniques that prosecutors will employ in pursuit of a conviction. Mr. Watford and his team will work hard to find a resolution that serves your best interests, no matter how serious the charges against you may be.

Violence and Family Offenses in New York State

The New York Penal Law does not contain a specific crime known as "domestic violence." Instead, violent and menacing acts toward a spouse or family member generally fall under a category of behavior called "family offenses." Not all family offense cases end up in criminal court, as some may be handled by family courts during divorce or child custody proceedings. Those that are presented in criminal court, however, can have serious consequences.

Under New York law, domestic violence-related charges generally involve one or more charges of other offenses, including but not limited to:

The Complex Nature of Domestic Violence Cases

When the police respond to a domestic call, New York law requires the responding officer to make an arrest if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that an individual has committed one or more specific offenses against a family member or household member. This "mandatory arrest" law means that if the police are called to your home, someone is probably going to be arrested. The responding officer may make an arrest quickly in an attempt to diffuse the situation and leave the details for the court to handle.

At The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC, we understand that the pressure on police officers can lead to the arrest of the wrong person—or an arrest without real evidence of a crime. If you have been arrested and charged with any offense related to domestic violence, we are ready to go to work on your behalf right away. You have the right to have an attorney present during police questioning, and it is a right that you should absolutely exercise.

We will also conduct a full investigation of the allegations against you. Unfortunately, accusations of domestic violence are often exaggerated, especially when emotions are running high. Our team will help you understand your options for moving forward and what you will need to do to protect your best interests. If an order of protection has been issued against you, we will assist you in complying with its terms so that you can avoid additional charges and complications.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with an offense related to domestic violence, contact our office. Call 646-580-6675 for a confidential consultation and case review at The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC today. Our firm serves clients in New York County, Kings County, Queens County, Bronx County, Westchester County, Nassau County, Rockland County, and the rest of the New York City metro area.

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