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The New York State passed the Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act in 1994. The New York State law do not differentiate between domestic-violence related crimes and other offenses, but several violent acts between the members of the same family or household is considered as criminal acts.

Domestic violence are the crimes occurring between members of the same family or household which includes those who:

  • Are related by consanguinity or affinity;
  • Are legally married
  • Are formerly married
  • Have a child in common
  • Have been in an intimate relationship even if not living together

As per the New York Law, such family offenses face a wide range of penalties. For example, a violent felony offense like a first-degree assault may result into 5 to 25 years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000. If a person is convicted for first-degree strangulation, then he/she may be imprisoned for 3.5 to 15 years or a similar fine of up to $5,000.

Domestic violence allegations are treated seriously, and rightfully so. Ensure that your rights are protected by speaking to an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

We have represented domestic violence clients in the state of New York. Contact Aditya Surti Esq. at 201-518-6642201-518-6642201-518-6642 to schedule an appointment at the Jersey City Office or at 732-750-1269732-750-1269732-750-1269 to schedule an appointment at the Woodbridge Office. You can also email us at to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be available on weekends and nights and evenings.