Contrary to popular opinion, domestic violence crimes don’t only apply to spouses or live-in romantic partners.
The laws are very broadly written to include “family or household members.”
And even that has been stretched by the courts and the legislature. In New York, you can be charged with “domestic violence” against a lot of people, including:
- Your spouse
- Your ex-spouse and previous spouses, whether or not you currently live in the same home
- Siblings, children, cousins, nieces and nephews, parents, and others you are related to by blood or “affinity”
- People who have a child together, whether or not you were ever married, and whether or not you ever shared a home together
- Roommates, previous roommates, or people who often share lodging together
- People who are or have been in an “intimate relationship” with you – but keep in mind that “intimate relationships” are not necessarily sexual in nature.
You may think that New York courts have stretched the English language past the breaking point when it comes to defining Domestic Violence, and you’d be right.
But if you’ve been charged with a domestic violence crime, it does you no good to argue definitions with the prosecutor.
You need experienced legal representation, and the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you when you need it most.
Call us today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.