There are few charges more damaging to a person and his or her reputation than being convicted of a domestic violence charge. For this very reason, if you are facing domestic violence charges, our firm is here to help. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about domestic violence charges and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have about the legal process ahead:
How does New York State define domestic relationships?
The first thing you should understand about domestic violence charges is what it means to have a domestic relationship. There are various circumstances and individuals that may qualify as a domestic relationship, and if you are accused of acting violently towards any of those individuals, you will most likely face a domestic violence charge. Domestic relationships are as follows:
- Someone with whom you are legally married
- Someone who you were once married to, though you are now separated or divorced
- Someone with whom you have a child
- Someone with whom you are related to by blood or by marriage
- Someone with whom you are romantically involved with
What are the consequences of a domestic violence charge in New York State?
First, if you are someone who is facing a domestic violence charge, police will most likely come to your home and arrest you. From here, they will grant the alleged victim of domestic abuse a Temporary Restraining Order against you, which will prevent you from seeing them until your Final Restraining Order hearing takes place. If you are found guilty of domestic violence charges, you will most likely face very serious consequences. To start, if you receive a Final Restraining Order, you will be barred from seeing the person you allegedly abused, and you will also be prohibited from seeing your child, if you have a child with that person. This can affect your child custody agreement if you are divorced. Additionally, you may also go to jail and face high fines for the incident. The bottom line is that a domestic violence charge can have drastic effects on your life, which is why you need an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney who can work to defend you against those charges.
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Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.