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Can I Be Charged With A Crime If I Refuse To Testify In A Domestic Violence Case I Started?

New York takes domestic violence prosecutions very seriously, and prosecutors here don’t have a lot of patience with people who – to their mind – have misused the system of justice for things they later regret.

So can you be charged with something if you refuse to testify against a spouse or significant other in a domestic violence case? Yes.

Will you? That’s hard to know without having more information about the particulars of your matter.

Know this: If you are subpoenaed to testify and fail to appear, you’ll be in contempt of court.

Not a great place to be. If you are subpoenaed to testify and lie on the stand about facts the prosecution can prove, you can be charged with perjury, which is extremely serious.

If you need help navigating a domestic violence charge against a loved one and wish the case would just end, get help from experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 and talk to a lawyer who can represent your interests.