Long Island Lawyer Defending Clients Against Domestic Violence Accusations in Nassau County
Authorities in New York take domestic violence crimes very seriously. If you are accused of committing domestic violence, you should expect the state to aggressively prosecute you.
Don’t face this legal battle alone—turn to trusted domestic violence lawyer Gianni Karmily for guidance as soon as possible. Gianni will ensure you are not treated unfairly by the criminal justice system or punished for a crime that you did not commit.
What is Domestic Violence?
There is no crime called domestic violence in New York, which means you cannot be charged with domestic violence. Instead, the term domestic violence refers to criminal acts committed by one intimate partner against another intimate partner. Examples of intimate partners include:
- People who are married or divorced
- People who share a biological or adopted child
- People who are related to one another through marriage
- Blood relatives such as siblings, parents, and cousins
- People who live together or have lived together in the past, regardless of whether or not they are related
- People who are in a romantic relationship or were previously in a romantic relationship
In Long Island, crimes involving these parties are considered domestic violence. Some of the most common crimes that are considered domestic violence when they involve intimate partners include:
- Reckless Endangerment
- Disorderly Conduct
- Sexual Abuse
Typically, these crimes are prosecuted in a criminal court. But if the crime is considered domestic violence because of the parties involved, the case may be sent to a special courtroom that solely handles domestic violence cases.
What is An Order of Protection?
An order of protection is issued by the court in order to protect a victim of domestic violence. If an order of protection is issued against you, it’s important to comply with its terms. Examples of terms include:
- Do not make contact with the victim.
- Do not visit the victim at home or their place of employment.
- Move out of the home you share with the victim.
- Give up your firearms.
The court will initially issue a temporary order of protection. But if you are convicted in your domestic violence case, the court may issue a final order of protection, which can last for years.
What Are the Penalties For Violating An Order of Protection?
You must comply with the terms of an order of protection. If you fail to comply with these terms, you could face charges for criminal contempt. The penalties for committing this crime will vary depending on the nature of the violation. The most serious level of this offense is aggravated criminal contempt, which occurs when violate an order of protection by causing injury to the victim. Aggravated criminal contempt is a class D felony, which is punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and seven years in prison. If you are convicted of domestic violence, you will face additional consequences on top of these penalties.
What Are Mandatory Arrest Laws in Long Island?
There are mandatory arrest laws in New York. Under these laws, the police are required to make an arrest in domestic violence cases when:
- Someone has committed a felony, or
- Someone has violated an order of protection.
The police will not ask the victim whether or not they want the defendant arrested. If the defendant committed a felony or violated an order of protection, the police must make an arrest regardless of the victim’s wishes. In fact, the victim cannot ask the state to drop the charges against the defendant. The state can move forward with their case even if the victim is not willing to cooperate.
Why Should You Hire A Domestic Violence Lawyer?
Domestic violence accusations can completely disrupt your life. You may be ordered to cut off contact with a loved one, give up custody of your children, and leave your home. The accusations can also harm your personal reputation, and if you are convicted, your criminal record may make it hard to find employment in the future.
Fortunately, it is possible to beat domestic violence charges with the help of experienced criminal defense attorney Gianni Karmily. Let him aggressively fight to protect your future.
Arrange A Free Consultation With Our Domestic Violence Lawyer in Long Island
Have you been accused of committing domestic violence? These accusations can damage both your personal and professional life, which is why you should hire domestic violence attorney Gianni Karmily to help you clear your name. Gianni will work tirelessly to help you reach the best possible outcome in your domestic violence case. To schedule a free consultation with Law Firm of Gianni Karmily, PLLC, call 516-630-3405 or fill out the form on this website.