Rochester Domestic Violence Lawyers
Dedicated criminal defense attorneys defending those accused of domestic violence and abuse in Rochester, NY
For a long time, our domestic violence laws required that the victim proactively file charges against the family’s breadwinner. This put battered, financially dependent family members in an unreasonably difficult situation and left many family members unprotected.
Clearly this was not in the best interest of many Rochester families. However the new approach, adopted by the state, often leaves those unfairly charged with domestic violence in an unreasonable situation. As experienced Rochester domestic violence lawyers, it is our belief, the pendulum has swung a bit too far in the direction of “family protection”.
For instance, when someone is charged with domestic violence, the accused is typically removed from his or her family residence with an order of protection. The family may be forced to maintain two residences for several months until the order of protection is removed, even if the initial conflict was created by a non–violent situation. Often, the person accused with domestic violence is not allowed to have access to his or her children for parenting time. This can cause considerable emotional and financial problems for family members.
Experienced Rochester Domestic Violence Lawyers & Domestic Battery Attorneys
The Rochester domestic violence lawyers at Friedman & Ranzenhofer, know that allegations of domestic violence are often used as leverage in divorces, custody battles, or maybe just for effect in an argument. Quite often, the person making the allegation has no idea what the legal effects are, or that it would create such a stressful situation for the entire family and the family’s finances.
We deal with domestic violence cases all the time. Typically, the initial goal of a client, charged with domestic violence, involves getting the order of protection removed. This is often the goal of of the spouse who initially made the complaint, as well. The trouble is the court’s goal of family protection. In Rochester, it can be difficult to convince the local courts and prosecutors to let go of a domestic violence case. Our attorneys work with our clients to determine first what the family’s immediate needs are. Then we put a plan together to best handle the situation.
Our Rochester Domestic Violence Lawyers Will Fight For You and Your Family
As former prosecutors, we often saw charges of domestic violence prosecuted even though the accuser had recanted. Sometimes there weren’t any allegations made within the family at all. So if you are charged with domestic violence in WNY, the domestic violence lawyers at Friedman & Ranzenhofer are your best bet to help protect your rights and the rights of your family.
Please contact our Rochester law office for a free consultation with an experienced attorney if we can be of assistance to you and your family. With over 50 years of experience handling domestic violence and abuse cases, we have the skills you need to reach the outcome you deserve.