New York City Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers
Call Now for Personalized Attention from Founding Attorney Steven Goldman and His Team
When a relationship sours, things can quickly become ugly. If you are involved in a dispute that resulted in domestic violence charges, call the legal team with proven experience. The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates can represent you if a spouse, family member, former spouse or partner is accusing you of domestic violence. We have many years of experience and can fight to protect your freedom and record!
Why Our Firm Stands Out from the Rest
When you are being accused of domestic violence, you need a legal team behind you that you can rely on.
Here's what makes our firm stand out:
- Free consultations
- Around the clock availability
- Dedicated and knowledgeable support
- Personalized advice from our attorneys
- Over thirty years of experience
Call The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates at 718-538-5743 to get representation for your domestic violence case today! Our Office in the Bronx is ready to provide committed support and counsel for you. Call our firm today for zealous and dedicated defense.
New York Domestic Violence Laws & Penalties
Domestic violence is defined as committing an act of violence against a current or former spouse or romantic partner, a family member by blood or marriage, the other parent of the shared child, or a cohabitant like a roommate. Although New York State law doesn't specifically define a domestic violence crime, it is considered an offense involving a family or household.
The following are the most common types of domestic violence crimes in New York:
- Assault – Hitting, punching, kicking, throwing things at, or using a weapon against a family or household member.
- Disorderly conduct – Fighting, yelling while intoxicated, or any type of conduct disturbing others.
- Intimidation – Making another person afraid, forcing them to do something, or stopping them from doing something through actions or words.
- Menacing – Threatening to inflict harm either with or without a weapon.
- Criminal mischief – Destroying or taking something without permission.
- Harassment – Distressing or causing alarm repeatedly for no reason
- Stalking – Following, tracking, or monitoring another person.
- Strangulation – Choking or otherwise putting hand on another person's neck and squeezing it.
- Sexual misconduct – Unwanted sexual contact.
Family-type violence is punishable by a wide range of penalties. For example, third-degree assault means recklessly or negligently assaulting someone, which is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum one-year jail sentence and a fine no more than $1,000. On the other hand, first-degree assault means causing serious injury or attempting to cause serious injury or using a deadly weapon, which is a Class B violent felony that is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Orders of Protection
Not only are the accused subject to serious criminal charges, but also civil charges in family court and even an order of protection (i.e. restraining order). When a person is charged with committing any type of crime against a current or former spouse, family member, or roommate, a criminal court may issue a temporary order of protection.
The provisions of an order of protection may include:
- Keeping the defendant from the home, workplace, or school of those listed in the order
- Establishing a child visitation schedule for a parent
- Requiring the defendant to allow a designated person the right to enter the residence at a specific time to remove personal belongings
- Keeping the defendant from harming any pet kept by the victim or child living in the household
Dealing with domestic violence charges and the temporary order of protection that accompanies them can seriously disrupt your life and damage your reputation.
Get Our Firm on Your Side
It is vital that you have an attorney who understands the New York criminal justice system and how to defend your rights. The legal advocate must be able to guide their client through the detailed criminal process and must be able to negotiate a plea offer that will avoid both jail and a criminal record. The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates knows how to effectively negotiate the system.
Contact Steven Goldman now for help building your defense against domestic violence charges.