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Manhattan Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Long Island Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Attorney Defends Clients Accused of Spousal Abuse, Stalking, Harassment in New York City

Everybody gets angry, and sometimes we take out that anger on our spouse, partner, ex, or other people in our household or family. Oftentimes, this happens when people are struggling with tough issues like alcohol or drug abuse, financial problems, or divorce.

When a disagreement crosses the line into domestic violence, New York City authorities take these cases very seriously. Someone is very likely to be arrested, and an order of protection requiring physical separation from your family could be issued.

Whether the charges against you are completely false or have some basis in fact, you are going to need the advice and protection of an attorney. Not just any attorney, but one who has significant experience in these types of cases and knows how to protect you, your rights and your future.

The lawyers at Watford Jackson, PLLC have focused on criminal defense law for decades and have handled dozens of domestic violence cases. With over 45 years' combined experience, attorneys Joey Jackson and Gregory J. Watford are well-known and respected for their breadth of experience and success in defending their clients.

We understand that emotions run high in domestic cases, which can make it harder to root out the truth. You can count on Watford Jackson to dig deep for facts and witnesses to counter the prosecution's claims and develop a strong case in your favor. You can rely on us to be your aggressive advocate throughout the criminal justice process.

Domestic Violence Charges in New York City

The New York penal law does not define a specific crime called "domestic violence." In these situations, the criminal charges typically include one or more of the following:

  1. Assault occurs when someone intentionally causes physical injury to another person.
  2. Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation involves physical contact such as choking but does not require a showing of physical injury.
  3. Strangulation occurs when someone chokes or strangles another person causing them to lose consciousness and/or suffer physical injury.
  4. Harassment occurs when someone commits a one-time act or several acts which are intended to alarm or seriously annoy another person and which serve no legitimate purpose. A person charged with domestic assault can make their situation worse by venting their anger at the victim in voicemails or electronic messages, which could result in an added charge of harassment.
  5. Criminal mischief occurs when someone damages another person's property, including property jointly owned by the alleged perpetrator and victim; or when someone prevents another person from calling for emergency assistance.
  6. Misdemeanor stalking involves a pattern of conduct wherein the offender repeatedly follows or contacts a targeted person over a period of time with the intent to make the target fear for their physical safety or to harm the target's emotional or mental health. Felony stalking involves the elements of misdemeanor stalking coupled with actual physical injury to the target or threats involving dangerous weapons.
  7. Criminal contempt in the first-degree felony charges can be filed when someone violates an order of protection by harassing, threatening, stalking, physically attacking, or damaging property belonging to the protected person. 

Be aware that, even if the victim does not want to cooperate with the authorities, the  district attorney can still prosecute a case based on the testimony of witnesses to the incident, responding police officers, and medical personnel. On the other hand, if the victim's claims were fabricated, they can be charged with falsely reporting a crime.

Manhattan Lawyers Who Will Not Back Down

If you stand accused of domestic violence in New York City, you need an attorney who meets three criteria: prior success in defending against these types of charges, extensive experience in the criminal court where you must appear, and total commitment to protecting your rights, your freedom, your job--your whole life.  The attorneys at Watford Jackson meet all of these criteria. Contact our Manhattan office at 855-WAT-JACK or 855-928-5225 to schedule an appointment. We handle cases in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Rockland County, and Westchester County.


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