Domestic violence runs the gamut from a simple lovers’ quarrel that gets a bit out of hand to actual physical abuse or homicide. Ever since the O.J. Simpson murder case, District Attorneys’ Offices and judges have treated cases between paramours with greater scrutiny. Indeed, throughout New York, there are specialized court rooms dedicated exclusively to these cases. In these courtrooms, prosecutors try to act roughshod over an accused’s rights, and unless challenged, judges will oftentimes simply rubberstamp the prosecutor’s request. An experienced, determined and knowledgeable defense attorney is critical to have in these cases. Ezra C. Levy has handled thousands of these types of cases in his career, with proven results.
This is just one of Ezra’s winning stories: W.C. and his girlfriend had a volatile relationship, one that was negatively affected by the substance abuse issues they both shared. After one night of binge drinking, W.C.’s girlfriend called the police. When the police arrived, she asked them to take W.C. to the hospital to sober up. W.C. refused, and the police informed her that they couldn’t force him to get hospitalized. Upon hearing this, W.C.’s girlfriend told the police that W.C. had forced himself upon her. W.C. was arrested and indicted for rape. Upon investigating the case, Ezra C. Levy learned that this wasn’t the first time that W.C.’s girlfriend alleged that W.C.’s raped her. In fact, Ezra’s investigation revealed that whenever W.C. binge drank and the police were called, his girlfriend would make a similar allegation in order to has him detox from alcohol. At trial, Ezra C. Levy cross-examined W.C.’s accuser as well as one of W.C.’s prior arresting officer’s as to this pattern of false allegations in order to get W.C. out of the house because he was drunk. The jury found W.C. not guilty of Rape.
If you or a loved one are faced with an accusation of domestic violence, consider using an attorney with a proven track record in handling these often-complex cases. Call the Law Offices of Ezra C. Levy.