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New York Domestic Violence Laws

Domestic violence arrests commonly occur after a 911 call is made to law enforcement. Once police officers are involved, it is their obligation to ensure that any evidence of such violence results in an arrest and charges. This is regardless of whether the alleged victim wishes to drop the incident. Not only police officers but prosecutors and courts are quick to act on any domestic abuse allegation with an eye towards punishing the abuser, ensuring the safety of the victim, and sending a message to others regarding such behavior.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a domestic violence offense in or around White Plains, you may be facing both family court and criminal court proceedings as well as a restraining order. The earlier you enage our White Plains domestic violence lawyer, the better your chances will be of reaching a dismissal, reduced charge or sentencing, better restraining order terms, or other positive or more favorable results. At The Law Office of Anthony Strazza, we have handled thousands of criminal cases for individuals throughout Westchester County for well over a decade, including those alleging domestic abuse.

Arrested? Charged? Call The Law Office of Anthony Strazza at (914) 354-3088 to discuss your situation. Your initial consultation is free.

What is Domestic Violence in New York?

Domestic violence is the label that applies to various crimes occurring at the household level or between intimate partners. Such crimes involve:

  • Spouses and former spouses

  • Individuals who have a child in common

  • Individuals related by blood or marriage

  • Individuals living together

  • Current or former dating partners

New York has established many laws associated with various behaviors that fall under the domestic violence label. These laws cover such crimes as:

  • Assault in the first, second, and third degree

  • Aggravated harassment in the second degree

  • Criminal contempt and aggravated criminal contempt (when violating a restraining order)

  • Stalking in the first, second, third, and fourth degree

  • Menacing in the first, second, and third degree

  • Obstruction of breathing or blood circulation

  • Strangulation in the first and second degree

  • Endangering the welfare of a child

Penalties for Domestic Violence in New York

How you are charged in any domestic violence situation will depend on what type of behavior you are accused of, whether you have a prior history of domestic abuse, and whether you caused serious injury to the alleged victim. You may be facing a misdemeanor or felony charge depending on the circumstances.

For example, the penalties for a felony crime such as first-degree assault include fines of up to $5,000 and a prison sentence of five up to 25 years. Other domestic violence crimes such as third-degree assault and second-degree menacing are charged as misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. You may also face other court-ordered penalties such as anger management programs or substance abuse treatment.

Understanding Restraining & Protective Orders in NY

As a consequence of a domestic violence arrest, you will likely find yourself subject to a restraining order, known as a protective order in New York. Under such an order, you may be ordered to vacate your home, prohibited from making any kind of contact with the protected person and any children involved, and subject to other restrictions. These orders may be temporary or final and limited or full in their restrictive scope. Final orders may have terms of one to five years.

Securing capable legal help is critical in any domestic violence case to ensure that your voice is heard and that you have proper counsel and defense. These cases are often based on false accusations, misleading or exaggerated statements, and other weaknesses. Having our competent and aggressive attorney in our corner is your best recourse in such a situation.

Reach out our White Plains domestic violence attorney at (914) 354-3088 or contact us through our online request form today.

Why Choose Anthony Strazza?

Benefits of Choosing Our Firm
  • 17+ Years of Legal Experience

    Anthony Strazza has nearly two decades of legal experience, mostly handling the most serious types of criminal cases. He isn’t afraid to go to trial for our clients to get the most favorable results.

  • Former Prosecutor

    Anthony Strazza is a former Assistant District Attorney who gives clients a unique insight into both sides of the courtroom and provides them with effective and personalized legal solutions.

  • Handles Both State & Federal Crimes

    Anthony Strazza has extensive knowledge of the local, state, and federal courts in New York and can guide clients through the complexities of the criminal justice system while protecting their rights and freedoms.

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