What Are The Penalties for Domestic Violence in New York?

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If you face charges of domestic violence, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County domestic violence lawyer to learn what the penalties are for domestic violence in New York.

How does New York define domestic violence?

For law enforcement to consider an assault as domestic violence, the act of assault must have occurred between one of the following parties:

  • People who are legally married, or those who were once married
  • Anyone who has a child together
  • Anyone related by blood or marriage
  • Anyone involved in a romantic relationship

What happens if you sustain a conviction for domestic violence in New York?

Penalties can vary dramatically depending on the type of domestic violence offense and the severity of the charge. Misdemeanor convictions will have you facing jail time and fines. On the other hand, felony domestic violence offense convictions can result in steep fines and prison sentences of up to 25 years. Should you be convicted of a Class A felony, you may even face a life sentence.

At a minimum, you will likely have an order of protection issued against you, restricting you from communicating with someone who feels threatened by your behavior and accuses you of domestic violence. If your alleged offense involved a sex crime, you may also be required to undergo sex offender registration.

That is why it is crucial that you have a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney working on your behalf.

How can a Nassau County criminal defense attorney help you?

You should understand that there are various potential defenses our firm can use if you have been accused of domestic violence. A qualified legal representative could help you prove you were acting in self-defense, you were defending another family member, such as a child, from an act of domestic violence, the accuser is being untruthful or that such an act never occurred. Additionally, if law enforcement failed to follow a course of conduct prescribed by law, your charges may be subject to reduction or dismissal. In any event, you should not tackle these charges on your own. Please give us a call today.


Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.

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