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Salem Domestic Violence Lawyers

Are You Facing Domestic Violence Charges?

Domestic violence is a serious problem. Because of that, law enforcement will reflexively make an arrest whenever there is an accusation, no matter how flimsy or ambiguous the evidence may be. The consequences of getting arrested can be severe and ultimately include years behind bars.

The Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm in Salem provides high-quality representation to people accused of domestic violence. Led by attorney David Yannetti, a former prosecutor with 30 years of experience in criminal law, our Salem domestic violence lawyers will give your case the benefit of our skill and dedication to preserving the rights of defendants in court. Our team of lawyers serve clients throughout Essex County.

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We are top rated Salem domestic violence lawyers serving Essex County, who will provide you with the best representation you can obtain anywhere. With offices in Boston, Salem, and Dedham, we are here to help you. Call us for a FREE phone consult.

Domestic Violence Charges FAQs

What should I do if I’ve been charged with domestic violence?

First, avoid answering police questions or trying to explain your side of the story. Police are trained to gather self-incriminating statements from suspects. You may think that you are helping yourself by offering some type of explanation or excuse, or by telling your side of the story. Don’t. Instead, keep quiet and contact a defense attorney as soon as possible.

Can I get a domestic violence conviction sealed or expunged from my record?

Getting a domestic assault conviction expunged is difficult, but the law has recently changed to provide for the possibility in some limited circumstances. Sealing a conviction is possible if certain time periods have passed. Sealing a non-conviction is much easier.

Can my charges be dropped?

Prosecutors can drop any type of criminal charges, including a domestic violence charge. They may do so by filing a “nolle prosequi,” about which can do nothing, as it is a separation-of-powers issue under our Constitution. They also may do so by moving to dismiss the case, which requires a judge to approve. Read our article on this subject for more information.

I’ve been falsely accused of domestic assault. What should I do?

You can take steps to protect your rights and seek a dismissal. Visit our page on false domestic violence accusations for more information. The most important thing to do is to call a trusted criminal defense attorney, so that you do not harm your chances of a successful outcome.

What can happen if I’m convicted of domestic violence?

You could face years in jail, fines and more. Click here to learn more.

Can I still get a job with a domestic violence conviction on my record?

Most employers conduct background checks before hiring a job applicant and are unlikely to take a chance on someone with a conviction for domestic violence.

How do restraining orders work in Massachusetts?

A domestic violence-related restraining order can greatly affect your life. We discuss how on this page.

Contact Our Experienced Salem Criminal Defense Law Office

If you have been arrested on domestic violence charges in Essex County, call (978) 498-4029  or contact us online as soon as possible. We offer free telephone consultations.


Client Testimonials

5 Star

In the most painful times in our lives–David, Greg and Lisa showed us their professional best–dignified, warm, gracious. David and his team will not let you down, you will be taken well care of and most importantly superbly and justly represented…
Barbara Lynch

Oh my goodness David is a miracle worker! Unbelievable results! David is so highly respected by attorneys and judges and prosecutors that he really makes an impact in court and presented our friend in the best possible light…

Jude Dasilva

Greg Johnson and David Yannetti are simply the best. After having two other attorneys on a case, I hired them and got results where others failed. They work hard for you and I highly recommend them!…

Vivian Trinh

If it was not for Mr. Yannetti I could have lost my career and opportunity to come back to USA again given that I am not a US citizen. Thank you Mr. Yannetti for all you did for me and my family. You and your office were truly there for me in my darkest hour…

Ajit Gupta

Greg Johnson is a charming attorney and seems to truly care about his client’s and the outcome of their case. If you ever need an experienced criminal defense Lawyer, Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm is the one to call!…


“I’ve got your back,” he told me early on. David did not disappoint. By showing up with David in the courtroom, I felt I’d made a clear statement of intent. The case was duly dropped…

James Brooks

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