FAQs on Domestic Violence

We understand that domestic violence charges can seem scary. These charges can make you uncertain about your future and have lasting consequences that go well beyond the day in court.

Every domestic violence case is unique, so we recommend that you keep this in mind. The Law Offices of Benjamin Greenwald can help you with your particular case. Benjamin Greenwald is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will provide the aggressive and competent representation you require during difficult times.

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Questions Commonly Asked About Domestic Violence Charges

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as a crime by the family. This includes:

  • People who are related through consanguinity and affinity are considered to be close friends
  • Legally married people
  • People who were married in a formal ceremony
  • A child is a person who shares a common partner.
  • People who live apart but are in an intimate relationship

New York’s domestic violence offense is not unique. It refers to several charges, such as:

  • Stalking
  • Assault
  • Menacing
  • Batteries
  • Restraining order violation
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual abuse

These charges can be either misdemeanors or felonies and vary in severity.

What are the Penalties?

Domestic violence charges can have severe penalties depending on the facts and the history of the offender, as well as many other factors.

First-degree assault, a family offense, can result in a sentence of five to ten years imprisonment or a fine up to $50,000. A third-degree assault, fourth degree stalking, harassment and other misdemeanor offences can result in up to one-year imprisonment and fines up to $1,000.

What should I do after being arrested for domestic violence?

You should first seek legal counsel if you are arrested for domestic violence. After being arrested, you have the right not to speak and any statements you make to the police could be used against you.

The police will often tell you that it is your chance to tell your story and explain what happened. They don’t want to give you an excuse, they will do everything possible to create evidence against you. Talk to no one about your arrest, or to anyone else.

The Law Office Benjamin Greenwald can provide you with the assistance you need. This experienced criminal defense lawyer has helped hundreds of clients just like you. Benjamin is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has been successful in many domestic violence cases and can fight for his clients aggressively.

It is not easy to be charged with domestic violence. You don’t have it all to deal with when you call The Law Office Benjamin Greenwald.

To speak with a New York domestic violence lawyer, call our office 24 hours a day. We will always put your best interests first.