Using the skills he learned at the Brooklyn DA’s office, Gregg primarily practices criminal defense, police brutality, civil litigation, and Title IX. Gregg’s recent work involves obtaining an acquittal for DWI and obtaining settlements against the police and Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The New York domestic violence lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto is here to help you if you have been accused of domestic violence. Under New York law, domestic violence is any kind of behavior used by one person to “maintain power and control over another.” Domestic violence can include sexual assault, physical abuse, threats, emotional abuse, or intimidation. For an act to be considered domestic violence, it must be committed against a “family or household member.” New York law defines these relationships broadly to include individuals who are legally married or divorced, co-parents who share a child in common, people related to you through marriage like a mother-in-law or father-in-law, other people related to you, like cousins, or siblings, people who are unrelated, but who reside together, and those who are in intimate relationships with one another.
If you have been accused of domestic violence in New York, you could be facing an order of protection against you. You could be facing criminal charges if domestic violence included criminal assault, sexual battery, or other crimes. If you are in the process of getting divorced, domestic violence charges could affect your child custody case. Domestic violence charges can leave you with a criminal record, could leave you incarcerated, or facing the prospect of having to attend anger management programs. If you have been accused of domestic violence, the New York domestic violence lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto are here to help you.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSES
There are several domestic violence defenses you may be able to use if you are facing domestic violence charges. The New York domestic violence lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto is here to help you. Every case is unique and a defense that may work in one situation may not work well in yours, so it is wise to consult a domestic violence lawyer in New York before speaking to police or prosecutors or before trying to work out a deal on your own. Here are some possible domestic violence defenses:
- You were wrongly accused. Sometimes a person might have something to gain from accusing you of domestic violence—like getting a more favorable outcome for a child custody case or even to get revenge if you had an unfriendly breakup. A New York domestic violence lawyer can review police reports, 911 calls, and other testimonies for inconsistencies and signs of fabrication.
- Self-defense. If your partner hit or attacked you, you may be able to claim self-defense in a domestic violence charge. The police will generally question both parties to determine whether the self-defense claim is valid. Did your partner have police reports you made against him or her before this particular incident?
- Lack of evidence. Sometimes victims make accusations but there is no physical evidence of an attack, no police report, or no witnesses. For example, a case that is solely based on a victim’s accusation will be weaker than a case where the victim has a police report, medical records documenting injuries, and witnesses who saw the crime take place.
- Police procedural errors. How police manage an arrest or handle evidence can impact whether the evidence may be admissible in court. For example, if police didn’t honor your request to speak to your lawyer, or if police didn’t take the time to hear your side of the story, you may be able to fight to have your domestic violence charges dropped.
These are just some of the possible domestic violence defenses you may be able to bring forth. Every case is different. A New York domestic violence attorney at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto can review the circumstances surrounding your case and fight to defend your rights. You are innocent until proven guilty. Contact the New York domestic violence attorney at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto today.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
The Law Offices of Gregg A Pinto is a domestic violence law firm that may be able to help you if you have been accused of domestic violence or if you are facing a restraining order. The burden of proof to get a restraining order is lower than it is to convict someone of domestic violence (under New York law, a person can get a restraining order if there is a preponderance of evidence, which you can compare to the beyond a reasonable doubt standard used for criminal convictions), nevertheless, both of these legal consequences can have a serious impact on a person’s life. If you end up with a restraining order, it can not only affect your life but also affect your child custody fight and other issues. If you are found guilty of domestic violence, you could end up with a criminal record or time in jail. The New York domestic violence lawyer at the Law Offices of Gregg A. Pinto is here to help you if you have been accused of domestic violence. Navigating the legal system can be incredibly stressful. Yet, you don’t have to navigate the criminal justice system alone. Contact the New York domestic violence lawyer at Gregg A. Pinto today.