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Domestic Violence FAQs

What are Typical Domestic Violence Crimes in New York?

Domestic violence crimes are any type of crime that occurs between people with a familial relationship.  Such crimes can include crimes between spouses, intimate partners or other people related by blood or marriage.

Specific examples of domestic violence crimes include:

  • Aggravated Harassment
  • Assault
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child
  • Criminal Contempt (breaking an order of protection, what is commonly referred to as a “restraining order”)
  • Menacing
  • Stalking

Are Domestic Violence Crimes Commonly Filed Against People?

The emotional highs and lows of any relationship means that sometimes, people don’t always get along.  This can result in one person being charged with a domestic violence crime, and typically, the motivations of the “victim” may be what’s really behind the charges.  Is the “victim” using the criminal justice system to get what they want in an ongoing divorce?  To increase their parenting time?  Or simply to harass or annoy the other person and watch them go through the pains of being arrested and treated like a common criminal when, in fact, they did nothing wrong.

What Can Happen to Me if I am Convicted of a Domestic Violence Crime?

Domestic violence charges can be misdemeanor or felony level charges.  No matter what, your reputation, freedom and relationship with your loved ones and children is at risk.  Finally, it is important that you retain a skilled criminal defense attorney to help you navigate an Order of Protection (“restraining order”) which may be issued at the beginning of your case to help prevent your case from getting worse while it is pending in the Court system.