Philadelphia domestic violence lawyer Brian M. Fishman has helped many clients understand their rights when it comes to domestic violence proceedings. Domestic violence cases can be complicated, and the consequences can be severe if you’re convicted. Attorney Fishman was a prosecutor in Philadelphia for over four years and worked in the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. Therefore, he has vast experience in this area of criminal law.
Domestic violence incidents usually arise during a heated moment between spouses, partners or other family members. Charges often associated with domestic violence incidents include:
In domestic violence cases, a third party, such as a neighbor, usually contacts police during an altercation. Domestic violence incidents are sometimes aggravated by the use of drugs, which can lead to additional charges unrelated to the incident being filed, including:
- Drug possession
- Drug paraphernalia possession
Many clients are surprised to find out that domestic violence charges cannot be dropped by the complainant, even if the complainant no longer wants to pursue the case. The decision whether to file charges in a domestic violence case, as in any case, is decided by the prosecutor’s office. The complainant will be subpoenaed to appear in court, even if he or she does not want to pursue the matter, and can be arrested for failure to appear in court. If you are charged with additional crimes related to the incident, such as drug or firearms charges, those can often be proven in court with police testimony and without the appearance of the original complainant.
The stakes are high when it comes to domestic violence cases. That is why it is critical to contact an experienced domestic violence attorney if you have been charged in a domestic violence case. Defendants should prepare for their case by collecting evidence, such as pictures of injuries or property damage, which may help establish a basis for self-defense. Brian M. Fishman has helped hundreds of clients facing criminal charges to achieve the best outcome possible in their criminal cases. He will use his years of experience, skill, and knowledge to aggressively advocate for your rights, providing you with personalized, high-quality legal advice every step of the way.
The Fishman Firm, LLC, is a criminal law firm located in Philadelphia, PA. Attorney Brian M. Fishman is a criminal defense attorney who concentrates his practice on defending the rights of those accused of criminal offenses. He has successfully defended clients in a wide range of criminal cases, and will aggressively defend your rights in court and in negotiations outside the courtroom. If you have been charged with any criminal offense in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks or Chester county, contact Brian M. Fishman at his Philadelphia office now to schedule a free consultation.