Domestic violence cases often involve multiple layers. In many situations, allegations of domestic violence come up during a heated divorce or child custody case. This can lead to multiple proceedings in multiple courts, including criminal court, family court, and civil court.
Recognizing this problem, the New York court system established Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) courts in 2003. The goal of IDV courts is for one judge to preside over multiple matters involving the same family members where there have been allegations of domestic violence. More than 15,000 families have had their cases resolved through the IDV system to date.
As a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, I have shepherded clients through the IDV court process for more than a decade. If you’ve been accused of domestic violence and have related divorce or custody proceedings, I’ll represent you in all matters. I have substantial experience handling divorce and family law cases. By hiring me as your IDV courts attorney, you are getting a full-service attorney who can effectively advocate for you in all of your pending cases. I’ll listen carefully to your problems and goals and will work hand in hand with you to come up with a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Not every case involving domestic violence will go to the IDV courts. Instead, these cases are limited to those where there are connected cases in different courts.
For example, if a married couple has an argument and the police are called, one or both of the spouses might face criminal charges. If the couple decides to get a divorce and cannot agree to the custody of the kids, then there may be as many as three different cases in three different courts:
Prior to the establishment of the IDV courts, this situation would require three different judges presiding over the three different cases — which is both costly and inefficient. Now, one judge will preside over all of the interrelated legal matters in one court.
If you have a case in IDV court, you could choose to have three separate lawyers represent you: a family law attorney, a divorce lawyer and a criminal defense attorney. Hiring three different lawyers to learn the facts of your case and represent you in court would be incredibly expensive and a burden on your already-strained finances. Instead, you could hire one lawyer who is skilled in all three areas of law and who can handle all related matters on your behalf. The key is to find a lawyer who is capable of representing you on these separate issues.
I’ve been practicing law in New York City for more than two decades. My practice encompasses both criminal defense and family law matters, making me an ideal choice for anyone facing IDV court proceedings. I’ll develop an overall strategy so that you can present the most consistent and strongest case in each matter — and reach your goals for each issue.