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Bronx Domestic Violence Lawyers – Bronx Domestic Violence Attorneys

Domestic Violence in the Bronx: Understanding the Issue

Introduction

Domestic violence is a major problem in the Bronx. It’s an often unseen and unreported issue, causing a great deal of pain and harm in many homes. When an individual is charged with one of these crimes, it is the duty of the court to take it seriously. Domestic violence is not always a cut-and-dried situation, though. In some cases, individuals are charged with Domestic Violence even when their actions don’t fall under that umbrella. If you have been charged with such a crime, it’s important you understand both how these crimes are defined and the likely penalties. Only this will help motivate you to find a good attorney and to mount the kind of defense that will help you keep your life on track.

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George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
RajRaj
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
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18:08 18 Apr 24
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17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
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20:45 15 Mar 24
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16:26 15 Mar 24
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01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
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Domestic violence actually has a relatively broad definition in the state of New York. In fact, the crime can best be defined as one that’s about against whom the crime was committed rather than where the crime happened. You don’t have to be at home to commit a crime of domestic violence, nor do you have to be married to the person against whom the crime was committed. Domestic violence has to do with relationship.

In the State of New York, domestic violence is defined as a crime between members of the same family or household. New York defines those relationships as between people who have a bond of blood, marriage, or adoption, as well as those who have intimate relationships or share a child in common. As such, it’s entirely possible to commit a crime of domestic violence against an individual who does not live with you or to whom you have no legal or blood ties.

Domestic violence laws don’t just deal with violence, either. The laws in place currently deal with other issues like menacing and stalking. The statutes that constitute domestic violence in New York cover a broad spectrum with the intent of protecting victims.

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Penalties for Domestic Violence

Just as there are many crimes that fall under the umbrella of domestic violence, so too are there many different possible penalties. The penalties that come with domestic violence can range from minor fines to prison time and can greatly affect the freedom of movement for anyone that has been accused of a crime.

Some of the most common penalties are not necessarily what one would consider when looking at the law. Instead of an active punishment, an offender may have an order of protection taken out against them. This can keep an individual away from a certain place or a certain person, causing a major impact on his or her life. While certainly not as restrictive jail time, it can change the way that one lives his or her life.

Domestic violence is also a charge that carries with it a very heavy social stigma. If you are even accused of the crime, you can quickly find a community turning against you. There are some places that are uncomfortable hiring people who have been convicted of a crime and it’s entirely possible that a job could be lost because of the negative associations with the charges.

Defense of Domestic Violence

There are a few different defenses that one can bring forth in a domestic violence case. Perhaps the most common is justification, which is generally used when a parent physically disciplines a minor with what the court finds to be reasonable force. There’s a fine line here, and proving that the force was justified can be difficult.

Self-defense is usually also a good defense for a domestic violence charge. Proving, however, can be very difficult. Self-defense is often raised as a defense even in circumstances when it is inappropriate. The legal definition of the act is fairly narrow, and thus requires the help of an attorney to prove it.

There are also a few other, more complex defenses available. Mental disease or defect – commonly thought of an ‘insanity’ plea – can be a viable defense, though it is also very difficult to provide. It takes the work of a very skilled attorney to mount any sort of defense to domestic violence – and without his or her help, it’s unlikely that the court will show much sympathy to the accused.

Domestic violence is not a charge that can be ignored. Even being accused of the crime can have a huge impact on your future. No matter what you think the truth might be, you need a good Bronx domestic violence lawyer to help you to mount a successful defense. No Bronx domestic violence lawyer can make promises about your future, but a good lawyer will give you your best chance to beat the charges. Always remember that domestic violence crimes will be taken seriously by the court and that you should take them just as seriously

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