In New York, domestic violence crimes are taken very seriously. Facing this sort of criminal charge can be difficult, particularly if you feel the charges are unjustified. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help. Domestic violence cases are some of the more difficult criminal cases there are. Not necessarily because of legal difficulties but because of the relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim.
Emotions run high in cases like these and that can make this time in your life particularly troublesome. Not only are you facing potential prison time, you are likely facing the destruction of a relationship. You’re not only worried about the court’s judgment of you, but the judgment of your friends and family too. Allowing a defense lawyer to assist you can allow you to focus on those things that matter.Charged with a crime in New York? Please call (888) 435-4744.
What is a “domestic” offense in New York?
What makes a criminal offense one of a “domestic” nature is the relationship between you and the alleged victim. The victim could be a spouse, ex-spouse, blood relative, relative by marriage, or someone you share a child with. These relationships can make a otherwise straight criminal charge (like assault) into a domestic offense (like domestic assault).
While the sentence for assault is typically the same for domestic assault, the other aspects of a domestic offense can make it harder to bear.
There are many offenses that can be considered a domestic violence crime. Under New York law, these offenses include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Criminal mischief
Consequences of a Domestic Violence Offense
As stated, the potential prison sentence for a crime is usually comparable when that offense is classified as “domestic”. But, there are additional consequences involved when you are convicted or even accused of a domestic violence charge. Even the accusation of domestic violence can get you named in a restraining order.
If you are convicted, that restraining order could become more restrictive and it could become permanent, forever restricting your proximity to the alleged victim and even forcing you out of your home. Additional consequences can include child custody limitations and untold stress.
Domestic violence charges are nothing to take lightly. These charges have the potential to change your life dramatically. If you are charged with a domestic offense, contact us soon for a consultation on your case. While you may be dealing with the stress and heartache that these type of crimes sometimes evoke, you must focus on your case and what can be done to prevent the most severe consequences.