New York, NY asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: I was arrested for domesticincident with current gf but I have all the marks and bruises. Can I just claim self defense?

I'm guessing I could have her arrested after the fact for assult or something but she has little children at home and o don't want to do that. I just need this to go away and would appreciate any input. I have details and specifics if you need them.

My biggest issue is that I make over the limit for a PD but I'm separating from my wife, selling my home and trying find an apt. I just do not have much in the way of available funds

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Kristen Epifania
Kristen Epifania
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You could potentially have her arrested, but it may look like retaliation since you have already been arrested yourself. Make sure you take photos of all of your injuries as they will be helpful for your attorney when discussing your case with the DA. The goal would be to avoid a criminal conviction, but if there is an argument for self defense then a dismissal would certainly be favorable.

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