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Domestic Violence


In New York, domestic violence is defined as any act of violence or threatened act of violence that occurs between family or household members. This includes spouses, former spouses, people who have a child in common, people who are or have been in an intimate relationship, and people who are related by blood or marriage. Domestic violence is a crime that can result in both misdemeanor and felony charges. The penalties for domestic violence crimes can range from fines and probation to jail time and significant prison sentences.


If a person is arrested for domestic violence, it is important for them to obtain legal representation from an experienced attorney. Domestic violence charges can have serious consequences, including fines, probation, jail time, and the potential loss of custody or visitation rights with their children.


An attorney can provide important guidance and support throughout the legal process, from the initial arrest through to the trial and sentencing. They can help to ensure that the defendant's rights are protected, investigate the circumstances of the alleged incident, negotiate with prosecutors for a plea bargain, and present a strong defense in court if the case goes to trial.


In addition, an attorney can help the defendant understand the consequences of a domestic violence conviction and work to mitigate those consequences. For example, they may be able to help the defendant enroll in a counseling program or obtain a favorable sentence that allows them to avoid jail time and keep their job and family intact.


If you or someone you know has been arrested for domestic violence on Long Island, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. They can provide the legal representation and support needed to navigate the complex and emotional process of a domestic violence case and work to achieve the best possible outcome for the defendant.

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