A recent domestic assault case highlights what you should not do when confronted by police over such allegations. Failure to cooperate with authorities can result in additional charges on top of the original domestic violence offense. A 32-year-old man was arrested after a domestic violence incident led to a police chase in Steuben County, New York.
According to New York State Police, Jared Panipinto allegedly hit his wife several times and tried to use a chair to strike her. Officers spotted him leaving his Cohocton home. A police chase ensued when he failed to stop for them. Police eventually managed to stop Panipinto’s vehicle on I-390 north.
Panipinto is now facing multiple traffic violations and charges, including felony assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon and reckless endangerment. He was also charged with fleeing an officer, criminal mischief, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation.
Running away from the police made the situation worse for the defendant. Once the police arrive at the scene of a domestic violence incident, chances are the alleged abuser will get arrested.
The important thing to remember in such a scenario is to remain silent to protect your rights. Try to stay as calm as possible and behave civilly with the police, no matter how they treat you. Any signs of aggression can be used against you in the future.
Many different types of offenses may be charged as domestic assault in New York, including stalking, reckless endangerment, inflicting serious bodily injury and sexual assault. If you are facing domestic assault charges, contact a skilled New York criminal defense lawyer right away. Brill Legal Group can craft an effective legal strategy to protect your rights and freedom.