No, in fact, in Queens, the Domestic Violence Bureau is touted as a model for the nation, and has prosecuted thousands of domestic violence cases without relying on a complaining witness.
What this means for average New Yorkers is that if there’s an altercation and police are summoned, your lives are going to be turned upside down.
First, police have a policy of arresting the aggressor in any situation where domestic violence is suspected.
Next, a judge will almost always issue a Temporary Order of Protection barring the defendant from having any contact with the complaining witness, which can split families up for weeks or months and cause emotional and financial strain on everyone involved, especially any children.
If your family has been impacted by an overzealous domestic violence prosecution, call the criminal defense attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111.
We go to work right away peeling back orders of protection and getting your spouse back home.