Long Island Domestic Violence Lawyer
Were you or someone close to you arrested for domestic assault, spousal abuse or family violence? These crimes include offenses committed against a current or former spouse, significant other, family member or someone you currently live with or are involved with in a relationship. To defend yourself from the serious penalties associated with these offenses consult with a Long Island domestic violence lawyer today. An experienced criminal lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected and that a strong defense is built.
Domestic Violence Offenses
- Physical assault
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Endangerment of a child
Domestic charges are serious and the repercussions of a guilty plea or verdict can be severe, impacting your ability to keep a job, obtain a new job, hold a professional license and get custody of a child. Courts will usually issue an order of protection or a restraining order as well making it imperative that an experienced Long Island domestic violence attorney is contacted.
Charges can range from a misdemeanor to a violent felony offense. Misdemeanors—such as third-degree assault, second-degree menacing and stalking—are punishable with imprisonment up to one year or a fine of up to $1,000. Violent felony offenses—such as first-degree assault, strangulation, and rape—will result in longer imprisonment or higher fines. Last year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a measure that established a new felony for repeat low-level domestic violence offenses that raises the penalty to one to four years in prison.
Get Legal Help
It is important if you or someone close to you is accused of any of these charges, that you seek legal help as soon as possible. A lawyer will discuss the charges against you and fully ensure you understand the different legal options and the ramifications of pleading guilty. Too many people without legal help feel hopeless and plead guilty despite having a very good case.
How a Long Island Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Help
Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the charges, examine each state in the arrest and look for mistakes that can work in your defense.
- Was protocol followed throughout every step in the process?
- In the alleged victim’s story convincing?
- Was the assault an act of self-defense?
- Is there sufficient evidence?
- Was evidence gathered correctly?
- Are there witnesses?
At Goldstein and Bashner, our Long Island domestic violence lawyers have more than 25 years of experience defending clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties against domestic assault charges. He understands your situation and will help you get the best outcome possible to move on with your life.