New York doesn’t have a single “Domestic Violence” charge.
Rather, New York has opted to create a special Family Court section to address charges of misdemeanor assault, stalking, harassment and other crimes that are alleged to have taken place in the home or against a current or former intimate partner.
Because Domestic Violence crimes carry a variety of charges, there’s no one penalty for domestic violence.
There is, however, a strong likelihood that the court will issue a Temporary Order of Protection, which amounts to a full “stay away” order.
These orders can cripple a family financially and cause serious strain on the relationship between partners and between the restrained party and his or her children.
The Queens criminal attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino know how zealously prosecutors can pursue cases stemming from arguments in the home, even when the parties have worked out their differences.
If you need help dealing with a temporary order of protection or charges related to domestic violence, call us today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.