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Accused of Domestic Violence Offenses in New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx)?

Domestic violence is a broad term and can apply to a variety of offenses in New York, including assault, harrassment, menacing, stalking, and violations of orders of protection.  In New York City, each of the District Attorney's Offices pursues offenses labeled domestic violence with a particular level of intensity.  If you have been charged with one of these offenses that has been labeled domestic violence, you need to understand that you may well be in store for a tidal wave of changes in your day to day life and you may also face a variety of broader consequences, such as immigration problems, and the potential in some cases for a criminal record and prison time.

In this site, you will find any number of articles that will begin to help you understand what it really means to be accused of domestic violence in New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.  In a series of thoughtful, calm, balanced articles, New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Murray will walk you through the world of domestic violence prosecutions in New York City.

Featured Content in this site includes the following:

In the Orders of Protection article, read about exactly what an Order of Protection is, and how it works in the context of a domestic violence prosecution in New York City.

In the "For the Complainant" section, read information for complaining witnesses in domestic violence cases who may have concerns or questions about how the prosecution is being conducted.  This article is written in response to the frequent experiences where complaining witnesses' views on how the case should be handled differ from the views of the Government.  It seems that the Government is often unable to communicate effectively with complainants.  When that happens, complainants often call Mr. Murray for help understanding the process, even  though Mr. Murray may even be representing the person who the complainant initially caused to be arrested.  This article, filled with detailed explanations of the process for complainants is a response to these frequent breakdowns of communication between the prosecutors and their own complainants.

In the Signature Required article, read about the signature requirements the law imposes upon prosecutors in domestic violence cases, or in some cases these days, the absence of signature requirements.

In the Complaining Witness Wants to Drop Charges article, read about how the desire of the complaining witness to drop charges against a defendant in a domestic violence case (like assault or harassment) does not automatically require the Government to drop the charges.  Learn about why this is and how the Government handles it when a complaining witness expresses the desire to drop domestic violence charges.  In some cases, the prosecutors can become out and out adversarial with their own complaining witnesses, to the point of threatening them with perjury charges.  Of course the domestic violence prosecutors operate from only the highest of motives here, and where such adversarial situations arise, it is only because the prosecutors are legitimately of the belief that their own judgment about how to proceed against the defendant is superior to the judgment of the complaining witness.

In the Immigration Consequences article, Mr. Murray briefly outlines some of the concerns that non-citizens need to address when accused of offenses labeled domestic violence in the courts of Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Bronx.

In the articles written by Mr. Murray, he describes domestic violence cases from the seasoned perspective of a criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing nothing but criminal defense, including countless domestic violence cases, for more than twenty years in courtrooms all around New York City.  Whether you want to know about orders of protection, or you just want a calm summary of the process, you will find all of this information in this guide to understanding domestic violence cases.  There is even an article for complaining witnesses in domestic violence prosecutions who are trying to understand how to explain to the prosecutors how they feel about the prosecution and what sorts of reactions they are likely to get from the prosecutors.

Furthermore, if the questions that you have are not answered in this site or if you would like assistance with your domestic violence case, you are more than welcome to contact Mr. Murray directly at his New York City criminal defense law firm Shalley and Murray at 718-268-2171.