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Grounds for Domestic Violence in New York

Domestic violence is not the name of a specific crime in New York, but is an umbrella term for violence that takes place between those related by blood or some social arrangement such as marriage or dating. For a crime to be termed domestic violence, it can refer to people involved in a romantic relationship or previous such relationship or those between family members or sharing the same household. If you have been harmed by someone with whom you have a past or current relationship with, speak with a Long Island family law attorney for legal help right away.

The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. focusing exclusively on divorce and family law and serving those in need of legal help for their situation including child custody, grandparent's rights, and many other matters. Founding partner John Virdone, Esq. was awarded the Long Island Child and Family Development Services, Inc. Certificate of Appreciation in 2006 and has a Superb rating from Avvo thanks to his professional conduct and the positive outcomes he has obtained for his clients.

What Exactly Are Domestic Violence Charges?

As mentioned above, domestic violence can include different crimes involving abuse by those related to you by blood or with whom you have or have had a romantic attachment or even those you are choosing to live with.

Crimes included in domestic violence:

  • Disorderly conduct—acting violently towards another person in public
  • (Aggravated) harassment—annoying or violent behavior such as striking, shoving, or kicking
  • Sexual misconduct—sexual contact without the other person's consent
  • Rape—sexual intercourse with the other person's consent
  • Assault—threatening or causing physical harm to another person
  • Reckless endangerment—engaging in conduct which creates a significant risk of causing injury
  • Stalking—following or communicating with someone in a way which makes them feel threatened

These listed charges are what would be filed against someone accused of domestic violence and the punishment they face will depend on the specific charge. Disorderly conduct, for example, is one of the least severe domestic violence offenses.

Speak with a Qualified Nassau County Family Law Attorney

If you have been abused or mistreated, a Long Island family attorney can ask for an order of protection requiring your abuser from harassing or assaulting you under penalty of arrest. You even have the option of asking a Family Court for an order of protection which is a civil court and will not result in a criminal record for the abuser.

Call The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. today to set up your free consultation!