The penalty for Aggravated Criminal Contempt in New York is up to seven years in prison.
This is charged when you have violated an order of protection in New York State, and you have intentionally or recklessly caused physical injury or a serious physical injury to the person who is protected by the order.
Prosecutors have the upper hand when a defendant is charged with this crime, because the statute allows either reckless conduct or intentional conduct as mental states, and either physical injury or serious physical injury as levels of injury.
While other charges may require the prosecution to prove one of the other, Aggravated Criminal Contempt is a more difficult charge to defend because the definitions are so much more open.
If you’ve been charged with Aggravated Criminal Contempt in New York, call the criminal defense attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino right away at 718-599-1111.