In New York City, domestic violence is an issue that is taken seriously. Domestic violence is a complicated issue that leads to even more intricate court proceedings. The more factors involved, the more difficult a situation becomes to resolve. Such factors include living situations, and children in common. If there are any pending divorce or custody proceedings, a pending criminal case can be of significant consequence in those other matters. Legal help will be needed to untangle the situation, and we will work with you to reach a court decision that acts in your favor if you are the accused.
Domestic Violence in New York City
Domestic violence is the act of any:
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Aggravated Stalking
- False Imprisonment
Or, domestic violence can be any crime that involves physical or mental injury, as well as the death, of a family or household member.
Being accused of domestic violence is a serious matter that can lead to severe consequences. Depending on the charges accompanying the domestic violence charges, you may face the regular punishments that apply. For example, an assault charge can bring with it misdemeanor to felony level convictions, which means heavy fees and possible prison time. The court may also advise the victim or accused defendant to file for an injunction.
New York Orders of Protection
An Order of Protection, commonly referred to in other jurisdictions as a restraining order, is issued when the court deems there to be a clear and present danger. The Order of Protection will restrain or prohibit certain actions against others, and can be made on either a temporary or permanent basis. Generally, a full stay-away Order of Protection is issued at arraignment for criminal charges that have resulted from a domestic violence situation. These orders prevent a defendant from contacting the complainant, and being within a 100 feet of their home, place of work, or business. This is true even if the home is co-owned by the defendant and the victim. Our office can arrange for a police escort to allow a defendant access to retrieve items left in the home and to possibly negotiate a Limited Order of Protection, which allows contact between the defendant and complainant and allows the parties to live in the home together.
Hire an Attorney That Focuses in Domestic Violence Cases in New York City
Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many aspects of life, as well as factoring heavily into any divorce cases. With factors such as assets, alimony, residence, and children coming into play, the settlement of a case is likely to become complicated very quickly. Any party that is victim to or accused of domestic violence should strongly consider acquiring legal help in order to navigate the legal maze that a case involving domestic violence brings. We work with cases like yours and push towards resolution that will leave you satisfied.