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At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we recognize that family law disputes can sometimes lead to criminal allegations, creating a complex web of legal challenges. Our seasoned family law criminal defense attorneys are committed to providing comprehensive criminal defense services that address the intricacies of family law-related criminal cases.

When Family Disputes Escalate to Criminal Charges

Family Law Related Criminal Defense

It’s an unfortunate reality that family disputes can intensify and cross over into the criminal justice system. Allegations such as:

  • domestic violence
  • violation of protective orders
  • child abuse
  • or abduction

can arise during contentious family disputes. These charges carry significant weight and can impact your personal freedom, your family relationships, your parental rights, and the outcome of divorce proceedings. If you need help with family law issues, contact us today.

Experienced Defense When You Need It Most

Our legal team at Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, led by experienced family law attorneys, stands ready to defend you against criminal charges that stem from family law conflicts. We understand the stakes are high, and we are here to provide the aggressive representation you need to protect your rights and your future.

Types of Cases We Defend

At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we have experience in defending clients against a variety of charges that arise at the intersection of family law and criminal defense. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of both legal areas, providing a robust defense against the following types of charges:

Vigorous Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

We understand the gravity of domestic violence charges and the profound impact they can have on your life and family. Facing such allegations requires a defense that is both strategic and sensitive to the complexities involved.

Understanding Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence can encompass a range of behaviors, from physical aggression to emotional and psychological abuse. Charges can vary widely in severity and may include:

  • Assault and Battery: From simple assault to more serious aggravated assault charges, we defend against all levels of accusations.
  • Harassment and Stalking: Allegations of harassment or stalking within a domestic context are taken seriously by courts and require a nuanced defense.
  • Sexual Assault: Defending against charges of sexual assault within a domestic relationship demands a careful and discreet legal approach.
  • Threatening Behavior: Even without physical harm, threatening behavior can lead to criminal charges that we are prepared to defend against.

Our Defense Approach

Our approach to defending against domestic violence charges is comprehensive and client-focused:

  • Evidence Analysis: We meticulously review all evidence, including police reports, medical records, and witness statements, to identify any inconsistencies or procedural errors that could be pivotal to your case.
  • Expert Testimony: When necessary, we enlist the aid of psychologists, medical professionals, and other experts to provide testimony that supports your defense.
  • Negotiation and Plea Bargaining: If it aligns with your best interests, we are skilled at negotiating with prosecutors to reduce charges or penalties, or to reach a plea agreement.
  • Trial Advocacy: Should your case go to trial, our criminal defense lawyers are experienced litigators who will advocate fiercely on your behalf, challenging the prosecution’s case at every turn.

Protecting Your Rights and Reputation

We are acutely aware of the stigma attached to domestic violence charges and work diligently to protect not only your legal rights but also your personal and professional reputation.

Defending Against Violations of Orders of Protection

We recognize the serious nature of allegations regarding violations of orders of protection. Such charges can have significant legal consequences and can adversely affect family law matters, such as custody and divorce proceedings. Our legal team is adept at navigating these sensitive situations and providing a robust defense for our clients.

The Complexity of Orders of Protection

Orders of protection, commonly known as restraining orders, are legal decrees intended to safeguard individuals from harm or harassment. However, misunderstandings, false allegations, or even unintentional actions can lead to accusations of violations that carry the potential for criminal penalties.

Our Strategic Defense Services

Our defense against allegations of violating orders of protection includes several key services:

  • Comprehensive Case Review: We begin with a thorough review of the order of protection to understand its specific terms and conditions. We then analyze the circumstances surrounding the alleged violation to build a factual narrative in your defense.
  • Evidence Scrutiny: Our team meticulously examines the evidence presented for any discrepancies or lack of proof. We also gather evidence that may demonstrate compliance with the order or refute the allegations.
  • Witness Interviews: We conduct interviews with potential witnesses who can offer testimony regarding your actions and intentions, which may support your defense.
  • Legal Advocacy: We advocate for you in court, presenting a clear and compelling argument to the judge about the nature of the alleged violation and your character, often bringing to light the context that may have led to the misunderstanding.

Mitigating the Consequences

Violating an order of protection can result in various penalties, including fines, jail time, or changes to custody arrangements. Our goal is to mitigate these consequences by:

  • Negotiating with Prosecutors: Where possible, we negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges, especially in cases where the violation may have been inadvertent or based on a misunderstanding.
  • Alternative Resolutions: We explore all avenues for alternative resolutions that may include counseling, mediation, or other interventions that address the underlying issues without the need for criminal penalties.

Defense Against Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations

At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we understand the severity of facing allegations of child abuse and neglect. These charges can be emotionally devastating and have long-lasting effects on your family and personal life. Our family lawyers are dedicated to providing a strong legal defense for those accused of such serious offenses.

The Stakes of Child Abuse and Neglect Charges

Allegations of child abuse and neglect are taken extremely seriously by the courts and society. They can lead to criminal charges, affect child custody and visitation rights, and even result in the loss of professional licenses. The stigma associated with these charges can damage reputations and relationships irreparably.

Our Approach to Your Defense

Our defense strategy for allegations of child abuse and neglect is multifaceted and proactive:

  • Detailed Investigation: We conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations, including the circumstances reported and the evidence collected.
  • Collaboration: Our team collaborates with medical professionals, child psychologists, and social workers to provide analysis and testimony that may refute the allegations or shed light on alternative explanations for the accusations.
  • Challenging the Evidence: We rigorously challenge the prosecution’s evidence, questioning the reliability and validity of testimonies and forensic findings.
  • Family Dynamics: Understanding the dynamics of your family is crucial. We delve into the context of the family environment to present a clearer picture of the situation to the court.

Protecting Your Rights and Future

Our goal is to protect not only your legal rights but also your parental rights and your future:

  • Advocacy for Fair Treatment: We advocate for your right to fair treatment under the law, ensuring that all proceedings are conducted with due respect for due process.
  • Mitigating Impact: We work tirelessly to mitigate the impact of these charges on your life, aiming to preserve your family relationships and your standing in the community.
  • Counseling and Support: When appropriate, we may suggest counseling or support services that can help demonstrate your commitment to being a responsible and caring parent or guardian.

Assertive Defense for Kidnapping and Custodial Interference Charges

We recognize the gravity of facing kidnapping or custodial interference charges within the context of family law disputes. These allegations can arise from complex situations, often misunderstood or misrepresented, and carry severe legal consequences. Our firm is committed to providing an assertive and strategic defense for individuals facing such serious accusations.

Understanding the Charges

Kidnapping and custodial interference charges often stem from custody disputes, disagreements over visitation, or relocation issues. The legal definitions are broad and can encompass various scenarios, including:

  • Taking a child without the consent of the other parent or guardian
  • Failing to return a child as agreed or ordered by the court
  • Interfering with the other parent’s legal custodial rights

Our Legal Services

Our approach to defending against these charges is comprehensive and tailored to the nuances of each case:

  • In-Depth Case Analysis: We begin with an in-depth analysis of the circumstances leading to the charges, examining the intentions and actions of all parties involved.
  • Legal Interpretation: We provide a clear interpretation of the law as it applies to your case, explaining the difference between a misunderstanding and actions that may constitute a legal offense.
  • Evidence and Witness Coordination: Our team gathers evidence and coordinates witnesses who can attest to your character and the context of the situation, which may include family members, friends, and professionals who understand the dynamics of your case.
  • Negotiation and Mediation: We explore all avenues for resolving the situation outside of the courtroom, including negotiation and mediation, to find a solution that serves the best interest of the child and respects your rights.

Protecting Your Rights and Your Family

Our primary objective is to protect your rights and your family by:

  • Challenging Allegations: We challenge the allegations against you, seeking to demonstrate that your actions were not criminal but rather arose from a legitimate dispute or misunderstanding.
  • Minimizing Legal Impact: We work to minimize the legal impact of these charges on your life, striving to prevent incarceration, fines, and a criminal record that could affect your future and your relationship with your child.
  • Advocating for Parental Rights: We advocate for your parental rights, ensuring that the court understands your side of the story and the emotional and practical considerations involved.

Other Family Law-Related Criminal Charges

Our legal experience extends to defending a wide range of other criminal charges that may stem from family law disputes, including but not limited to stalking, harassment, and threats. We understand the emotional and legal complexities involved and provide a defense that seeks to minimize the impact on your family and your future.

Take the First Step Towards Your Defense Today

Facing legal charges can be one of the most challenging times in your life, especially when they involve family matters. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we understand what’s at stake, and we’re here to offer the legal representation and guidance you need. Don’t let accusations define your future. Take action now and let us advocate for the justice you deserve.

Ready to Defend Your Rights and Your Family?

  • Contact Cedeño Law Group, PLLC: Don’t wait to secure the representation you need. Contact us today and take the first step towards protecting your rights and securing a better outcome for your case.
  • 24/7 Legal Support: We know that legal issues don’t always arise during office hours. That’s why we offer 24/7 legal support to ensure you have access to legal assistance whenever you need it. Contact us now.

Your fight is our fight. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we stand ready to defend your rights with the tenacity and compassion you deserve.

Family Law Related Criminal Defense FAQs

Navigating the intersection of family law and criminal defense can be complex and overwhelming. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we aim to provide clarity and peace of mind during these difficult times. Here are some frequently asked questions about family law-related criminal defense:

What should I do if I’m accused of a crime related to a family law dispute?

First and foremost, remain calm and avoid any confrontation with the accuser. Contact a qualified criminal defense attorney who has experience in family law matters as soon as possible to discuss your case and begin formulating a defense strategy.

How can criminal charges affect my divorce or child custody case?

Criminal charges can significantly impact divorce proceedings, particularly when it comes to child custody and visitation rights. A conviction can lead to loss of custody, limited visitation rights, and may even influence the division of marital assets.

Can an order of protection be challenged or modified?

Yes, orders of protection can be challenged and modified, but it requires a legal process. An experienced attorney can help you present evidence to the court to show why the order should be changed or dismissed.

What are the consequences of being convicted of a domestic violence charge?

The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can include jail time, fines, mandatory counseling, loss of firearm rights, and a criminal record that can affect employment and housing opportunities. It can also have serious implications for your current or future divorce and custody arrangements.

If I’m falsely accused of child abuse, what should I do?

If you’re falsely accused of child abuse, it’s crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Do not confront the accuser, and avoid discussing the case with anyone but your attorney. Your lawyer will work to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong defense on your behalf.

Can kidnapping or custodial interference charges be brought against me if I take my child out of state?

It depends on the custody agreement and state laws. If you have a legal right to take your child out of state, it may not be considered kidnapping or custodial interference. However, if you violate a custody order, you could face serious charges. Always consult with an attorney before making such decisions.

What constitutes a family law-related criminal charge?

Family law-related criminal charges can arise from situations such as domestic disputes, violations of protective orders, child abuse allegations, or interference with custody orders. These charges are criminal in nature but are directly related to or arise from family relationships and disputes.

How does a criminal charge impact a family law case?

A criminal charge can significantly impact family law cases by influencing the court’s decisions on child custody, visitation rights, spousal support, and the division of property. It can also affect the overall timeline and strategy of the family law case.

Can the outcome of my criminal case be used against me in my family law case?

Yes, the outcome of a criminal case can be used as evidence in family law proceedings. For example, a conviction for domestic violence could be considered when determining child custody arrangements.

What is the difference between civil and criminal cases in the context of family law?

Civil cases in family law typically involve disputes between individuals related to divorce, custody, and support issues. Criminal cases involve charges prosecuted by the state for actions that are considered offenses against society, such as domestic violence or child abuse.

How can I protect my parental rights if I’m facing criminal charges?

Protecting your parental rights while facing criminal charges involves a strategic legal defense in both the criminal case and the family law proceedings. It’s essential to work with an attorney who understands the implications of criminal charges on family law matters.

What should I do if I believe the charges against me are a result of a misunderstanding or false allegations?

If you believe the charges against you stem from a misunderstanding or are false, it’s critical to gather any evidence that supports your position and to speak with a lawyer who can help you navigate the legal process to clear your name.

How long can family law-related criminal charges affect my life?

The impact of family law-related criminal charges can be long-lasting, especially if they result in a conviction. They can affect your criminal record, employment opportunities, and your ability to participate in certain government programs, as well as your family life and reputation.

Is it possible to have family law-related criminal charges expunged from my record?

Depending on the jurisdiction and the specifics of your case, it may be possible to have criminal charges expunged from your record. An attorney can advise you on the expungement process and whether you may be eligible.

How can Cedeño Law Group, PLLC help me with my family law-related criminal defense?

Cedeño Law Group, PLLC provides experienced legal representation, combining knowledge of family law and criminal defense to offer a comprehensive approach to your case. We work diligently to protect your rights, challenge the allegations against you, and strive for the best possible outcome.


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