Bronx Domestic Violence Lawyer
Committed to Protecting the Rights of the Accused
In New York, domestic violence is an offense committed when you carry out a criminal act against your family or household member. The various types of domestic abuse may include economic oppression, threats, neglect, physical violence, and other forms of harm against a person with whom you are living or in a relationship. Because different types of criminal offenses could be considered domestic violence, various penalties could be meted out depending on the facts of the case.
If you’ve been charged with this crime and convicted, you could be looking at jail or prison time and/or fines. Therefore, it is important that you have skilled legal assistance on your side that can help you to effectively pursue the outcome that you need in your situation. At The Law Offices of Elliot S. Kay, we have years of practice in serving the residents of New York City in various criminal defense matters. You can count on our Bronx criminal attorney for the skillful and aggressive representation you need to investigate the evidence and seek a favorable result on your behalf, such as getting charges reduced or dismissed.
To learn about your legal options, call (646) 759-9233.
When Is a Crime Considered Domestic Violence?
As mentioned before, you could be accused of domestic violence if you commit a crime against a family or household member.
New York law specifically defines the types of individuals who could be victims of domestic violence, which include:
- Relatives by blood
- Relatives by marriage
- Former spouses (regardless of whether or not they are still living together)
- People who have a child together
- Non-relatives who live together (whether currently or formerly)
- Dating couples (regardless of whether or not they live together)
What Types of Offenses Can Lead to a Domestic Violence Charge?
If you carry out a criminal act against a family or household member, you could be charged with domestic violence. In New York, any conduct that either causes physical or emotional harm or threatens to have such consequences could lead to allegations of a domestic violence offense.
Crimes that could be charged as domestic violence include, but are not limited to:
- Disorderly conduct
- Forcible touching
- Identity theft
- Reckless endangerment
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual misconduct
Collateral Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
If you’re found guilty of domestic violence, you could be subject to criminal penalties, such as jail or prison time, probation, or fines. However, the effects of a conviction don’t just end there. You could also face collateral consequences. These are punishments that are not directly imposed by the court but are indirect outcomes.
A domestic violence conviction could affect the ability to:
- Obtain or retain housing
- Qualify for government benefits
- Find employment in certain fields
- Lawfully possess a firearm
- Obtain federal financial aid for higher education
Defending Your Case in Court
Our firm goes to extreme lengths to investigate all aspects of our clients' charges and to build detailed defenses that are substantiated by the evidence we gather and analyze. When you choose to work with us, you can be sure that we will work to develop a strong legal strategy on your behalf, and that we will stand by you from the start of your case to its conclusion.
We offer a free case evaluation, allowing you to obtain some legal insight before making a financial commitment to our firm. Your situation is important to us; let us put our skill and experience to work for you to safeguard your rights.
Call our Bronx domestic violence attorney from The Law Offices of Elliot S. Kay today at (646) 759-9233 to discuss your case and learn more about how we can help you. You can also fill out an online contact form, and we’ll respond promptly.