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Domestic violence is a term that covers a number of crimes occurring in a domestic setting. These are crimes of force or the threat of force and, as such, are heavily pursued and prosecuted in local courts. When law enforcement arrive at a domestic scene where they believe some type of violence has occurred, they generally must make an arrest of the primary aggressor. This is the case even if the alleged victim refuses to press charges, recants his or her accusation, or in cases where both parties have participated in some type of incident. If you are thought to be the aggressor, you will automatically face criminal charges which could lead to a permanent criminal record.

Because probable cause of domestic abuse will lead to an automatic arrest, you will need the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, you can bring your case to a firm backed by hundreds of years of collective experience in criminal defense. You will always have direct access to your attorney who will personally handle your case from start to finish. As the largest and most well-known law firm in the area, we offer outstanding legal ability and client service.

Domestic violence arrest? Reach out to a Poughkeepsie domestic violence lawyer at (845) 209-1355 to discuss your situation in a free, initial consultation. Hablamos español.

Domestic Violence Laws in New York

Domestic violence offenses are based on specific relationships between the alleged victim and his or her aggressor. These relationships include:

  • Spouses and former spouses

  • People related by blood or marriage

  • Parents and children

  • Individuals with a child in common

  • Individuals who are currently or who have formerly been in an intimate relationship (even if they have never cohabited)

The criminal offenses that fall under the umbrella of domestic violence include:

  • Harassment and aggravated harassment

  • Disorderly conduct

  • Sexual abuse and sexual misconduct

  • Forcible touching

  • Stalking

  • Menacing

  • Reckless endangerment

  • Criminal mischief

  • Assault and attempted assault

  • Strangulation

The penalties for domestic violence offenses vary broadly depending on the nature of the incident, whether weapons were used, one’s prior criminal history, and other factors specific to the crime. A first-offense third-degree assault conviction, for example, is charged as a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. A more serious first-degree assault is charged as a felony punishable by five up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.

Protective Orders

Being subject to a protective order (restraining order) is a common occurrence in a domestic violence case. These orders can effectively kick you out of your home, affect your ability to see your children, prohibit you from any kind of contact with your accuser, and impose other restrictions. Violations of a protective order can lead to a new arrest and misdemeanor or felony criminal contempt charges. These orders can be issued and reissued for as long as a domestic violence case ensues. When the case is finally resolved, a final protective order can be issued to endure for up to 10 years.

Collateral Damage to Your Future

Being convicted of a domestic violence crime means that you will have a permanent criminal record that can be found on a routine background check. Such a record can damage future opportunities in gaining employment, rental housing, professional licenses, and can lead to immigration problems for non-citizens. Your right to preserve your future from this disadvantage is as important as fighting to avoid criminal consequences such as jail time, heavy fines, and other court orders.

Let McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC fight for you. Call us at (845) 209-1355 to get started today.

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