NYC Domestic Violence and Assault Lawyers
There are several domestic violence and assault crimes that are laid out in the New York Penal Law. If you recklessly or intentionally harm another person, it’s likely that you’ve committed one of these crimes. If the victim is either a family member or a person you’ve had a relationship with at one point, this is considered domestic violence in addition to assault.
The assault charge you’re up against will be based on the specifics of your case, including your intent, if you used an object, the type of object you used, and the injuries to the victim. The more serious the victim’s injury, the more serious the assault charge will be. Assault charges are also possible if you forced the victim to engage in a sexual act.
The more serious assault charges are punishable by several years in prison. If you’ve been charged with assault or domestic abuse, it’s important to contact a skilled criminal attorney who can represent you.
If you’re convicted of assault, and if domestic violence is part of the assault, your sentence will most likely include jail or prison time. It’s also possible that you’ll have to pay a fine or fees; that the sentence will include restitution; and that you’ll have to agree to probation or supervision upon being released from prison. The type of crime, along with your criminal history, will go into determining whether or not you have to spend time in jail.
For a Class A misdemeanor, the penalties include up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. A Class E felony comes with a maximum prison sentence of four years and a maximum fine of $5,000. A Class D felony includes a maximum sentence of seven year in prison, plus a fine of up to $5,000. A Class C felony includes a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, plus a maximum fine of $5,000. A Class B felony means a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
It’s possible that probation will be part of your sentence if you’re convicted of assault. However, note that this is not likely if the charge is for a misdemeanor or if your sentence does not include incarceration. If you do get probation, the term will be three years for a misdemeanor or five years for a felony. If you committed a sex offense, these terms will be doubled. If you receive both imprisonment and probation, the terms are concurrent. That means that if you get five years of probation and four in prison, the first four years of your probation will be served in prison, and you’ll have one year of probation left once you get out.
Hire a Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with assault in relation to domestic abuse, it’s important to hire a lawyer right away. You could lose everything, including your family, your career and your freedom. A skilled lawyer will be able to present your case in the best light possible so that you get the lightest sentence you can.