In Erie County NY , domestic violence is a serious crime. No matter how small the injuries to either party might be, an arrest, charge, or conviction for domestic violence can have far reaching consequences for anyone accused of the crime in the Buffalo area. A person can be convicted of domestic violence not just against a spouse, but against anyone with whom the person lives with or has a child. The individuals involved do not have to be of the opposite gender or even related, nor do the pair have to be romantically involved. In fact, even a college student living with roommates can be arrested for and convicted of domestic violence if he or she is ever violent toward those roommates.
The Facts Make a Difference
The law is something that is very situation specific. The circumstances surrounding each accusation will also be taken
into consideration and weighed by the court in determining guilt .
Despite the fact that defendants are welcome to go pro se in court, anyone facing the serious charge of domestic violence is
highly encouraged to let an experienced attorney handle all aspects of
the defense. Attorneys are experienced and trained at presenting
legally good arguments to the court that laymen may not realize they
can argue in their defense.
For example, what if the defendant acts in
self-defense? Or walks in on a shocking scene that would shock most
reasonable people? Or acts under a mistaken belief of facts? All of
these questions and more represent the many nuances of criminal law that
can weigh factor on the outcome of a charge for domestic violence.
Another plus of partnering with an attorney to defend against
charges of domestic violence is that the attorney will be able to
explain any of the questions that a defendant might have about the
criminal process, chances of success, and the charges involved in
non-legal, simple to understand terms.
If you have been charged with DV call J John Sebastian Attorney at Law for a free consultation today.