NYC Domestic Violence and Assault With a Knife Lawyers
To be arrested, taken from your home, and charged with assault can be terribly perplexing, especially if you have not done anything wrong. Emotions can run high in the course of an argument with your partner. Indeed, you may have been on bad terms with her for some time. You may think you know her, you may think that she would never go so far as to call the police and accuse you of a crime you could not possibly commit. But this is what has happened, and you must act fast in response to it.
If you have been charged with domestic violence and assault with a knife, your first call should be to a criminal defense attorney. The lawyers at the Spodek Law Group have the experience and expertise you need to get you out of the situation. You may be tempted to rage at the authorities and your partner. But none of that will help. If you have been taken into custody, then you must assume that they mean to prosecute and convict you.
You must put aside, for a moment, the fact that you have not committed a crime and devote your energies to building up your legal defense. It is important that you not say a word to the authorities until your lawyer arrives. The police may say that speaking to them will work in your favor; that it will clear the matter up faster. But this is simply not the case. Their aim is to coax you into waiving your Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate yourself, and you must not take the bait. Even a comment or statement that seems harmless may help them convict.
The penalties for domestic violence and assault with a knife are severe. Depending on whether you have any previous convictions, and the severity of the assault you’ve been charged with, you could get anywhere from 2 years to life in prison. Even if you receive a relatively light sentence, you will have a criminal record if convicted. This will become public record, and it may prevent you from getting a job or even renting an apartment.
You do not want to risk prison and the ruin of your life for something you did not do. The state must prove its case; they must produce strong evidence that you have assaulted your partner with a knife. The job of your attorney is to compel them to do so. Your attorney will scrutinize all statements and all evidence presented by the authorities. If it is weak and circumstantial, they will press to have you released and the charges dropped.
If you have in fact committed domestic abuse and assaulted your partner with a knife, you still require sound and effective legal counsel. Again, you should say nothing until you have had a chance to speak to a lawyer from the Spodek Law Group. You do not want the full weight of the law to come down on you without a defense.
Your case may seem hopeless. You may be absolutely convinced that police and prosecutors have everything they need to convict and ensure that you get the maximum penalty. But there are various strategies your lawyer can employ, especially if it is a first offense. The lawyers at the Spodek Law Group know people in the prosecutor’s office. They may be able to cut a deal that lessens the severity of your sentence. In some instances, it may be possible for you to avoid jail time and heavy fines.
The bottom line is to know your rights and get the help of a legal team that has proven its effectiveness.