Domestic Violence

Queens, NY Criminal Defense Lawyer Jason Steinberger will handle any Queens Domestic Violence Charges…..Anytime, No Matter How Serious.

Why Do I need a Queens Criminal Defense Attorney to represent me in my Queens Criminal Domestic Violence Case?

In any criminal case, including a criminal case for domestic violence, you always need to be represented by a criminal defense attorney.  If you are convicted a Queens criminal cases you or a loved one could face significant consequences  including the loss  any criminal case and it is always best to hire a lawyer is very familiar with the jurisdiction where the case is pending.  In Queens, domestic violence cases are handled in a very unique way and having a lawyer who understands this will help you get the best result.  Having former New York Prosecutor Jason Steinberger represent you, you will have a Queens Criminal Defense Attorney who knows exactly how best to handle your case.

What does it mean to be charged with a Domestic Violence Case? A Queens Domestic Violence case may exist between a husband and wife, common-law husband and wife, individuals who have an intimate relationship, individuals who were formerly married or formerly involved in an intimate relationship. It may sound odd, but an intimate relationship may even exist between family members.  This means that if you or a loved one is accused of committing a crime against a brother, sister, mother, father or grandparent, the case may be classified as a Queens Domestic Violence case. A Queens Criminal Domestic Violence case is prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney’s Office, not your spouse. The Queens District Attorneys represents all of the people living in Queens. When an allegation has been made that threatens to affect all of Queens, not just the complaining witness, a Queens Criminal Domestic Violence case will ensue.

What is a Queens Domestic Violence Case? A Queens Domestic violence case is a criminal case that is initiated upon a complaint of criminal conduct committed by an individual against another who is currently in or was formerly in a domestic relationship.

What is a domestic relationship in a Queens Domestic Violence Case?  A Queens Domestic Violence case may exist between a husband and wife, common-law husband and wife, individuals who have an intimate relationship, individuals who were formerly married or formerly involved in an intimate relationship. It may sound odd, but an intimate relationship may even exist between family members.  This means that if you or a loved one is accused of committing a crime against a brother, sister, mother, father or grandparent, the case may be classified as a Queens Domestic Violence case.

Are Domestic Violence charges the same as Domestic Assault Charges?  Sometimes.  A Queens Domestic Violence case means that an individual committed any crime against someone who is in an intimate relationship or formerly in an intimate relationship.  Assault charges are the most common type of Queens Domestic Violence charges but frequently people are arrested for other crimes such as criminal mischief, menacing and harassment.

What happens if the complaining witness wants to drop charges? Will the case be dismissed? Not always.  It is important to remember that like any other criminal case, Domestic Violence cases in Queens County are prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.  The complaining witness cannot prosecute or hire an attorney on his/her behalf to prosecute against you or your loved one.  Because the complaining witness cannot prosecute the case, the complaining witness is not in charge of the case or what happens with the case.  It is important to know that the complaining witness in a Queens Domestic Violence case is simply just a witness.  And like any other criminal case, if a witness, even the most important witness, decides not to cooperate, the District Attorney can move forward using other evidence.  When the Queens District Attorney moves a case towards trial in a Queens Domestic Violence case, this is called an Evidence Based Domestic Violence Prosecution.

What is an Evidence Based Domestic Violence Prosecution?  An evidence based prosecution for Queens domestic violence charges is one where the District Attorney uses evidence that comes from someone other than the complaining witness.  The most common types of evidence that are introduced during an Evidence Based Queens Domestic Violence trial for domestic violence charges are 911 calls, photographs, medical record and police testimony.  The more evidence a prosecutor has that supports the allegations that you or a loved one committed a Queens Domestic Violence crime, the less likely that the prosecutor will agree to dismiss the charges.