Not only in New York but throughout the U.S., the crime of Domestic Violence is a commonly seen. In fact 1 in 4 women will be a victim of Domestic Violence during their lifetime. This crime does not exclusively pertain to women however, men and children are often victims of this crime as well. Because of the number of cases seen in the New York court system, special courtrooms have been designated to only handle these cases. The court system has merged Family Court with Criminal Court to better handle the Domestic Violence caseload. Technically, there is no actual crime called Domestic Violence. It is refers, rather, to a variety of crimes that occur in the context of a blood/family relationship. Crimes such as rape, stalking, assault, sexual Abuse, harassment and even murder can fall under the category of Domestic Violence. If you are If you have been charged in a Domestic Violence matter, you are more than likely emotionally overwrought, and looking for answers as to what your next step should be. An experienced New York Domestic Violence Lawyer can help you sort through the legal details and formulate a defense strategy that protects your rights. Stephen Bilkis and Associates have office locations throughout New York, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Due to the sheer volume of these types of cases, New York has created an Integrated Domestic Violence Courtroom, which provides additional resources for victims and perpetrators of Domestic Violence such as anger management programs, parenting classes and counseling. In this system, criminal court issues and Domestic Violence matters may overlap. The court will also address matters like protection orders, as well as custody and visitation issues. It is helpful that these types of cases are handled by the same judge, in one courtroom, which better serves the parties as a whole.
If you have been involved in a Domestic Violence dispute, it is important to consult with a New York Domestic Violence Lawyer. You lawyer can work with the District Attorney and the judge, and may be able negotiate a more lenient punishment, and argue your innocence in the matter. When you contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates, you will receive sound legal advice and a free consultation. Where ever you are in New York we have an office near you, whether you are in New York City, Suffolk County or Nassau County we have an office conveniently located nearby. Contact us today and make you appointment at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.
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