What are the penalties for domestic violence offenses in New York?

Penalties can vary dramatically depending on the type of domestic violence offense and the severity of the charge. Misdemeanor charges can mean jail time and fines while felony domestic violence offenses can result in heavier fines and prison sentences of up to 25 years. Individuals convicted of class A felonies may even face life imprisonment.

Another possible penalty is having an order of protection issued against you. The order can restrict you from communicating with someone who feels threatened by your behavior and accuses you of domestic violence. If you are convicted of a domestic violence offense that is a sex crime, you may also be required to undergo sex offender registration.

Because punishment for domestic violence offenses can be harsh, it is important to have a capable New York criminal defense lawyer in your corner. The attorney can explain the charges you are facing and their potential consequences.

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