Because domestic violence isn’t a criminal act, but rather a category for crimes directed at people intimate to you, a number of charges can be prosecuted as domestic violence offenses.
Whether misdemeanors or felonies, charges that are prosecuted as domestic violence carry extra penalties that can impact your life in a very personal way.
Even if you’re never convicted of a crime, you may be placed under an order of protection by the court which will restrain your access to your home, you intimate partner, your children, and more. Violations of a restraining order, even if the underlying charges are dropped or never proven, can result in a re-arrest with significant criminal penalties.
And even at the misdemeanor level, a criminal conviction for domestic violence will prevent you from buying or owning a gun, now or in the future.
If you work in law enforcement or the military, or dream of a career in either, that’ll be off the table.
You can fight back against domestic violence charges in New York.
Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.