Hudson Valley Domestic Violence Lawyers
Providing Effective Legal Defense to Our Clients
In New York, family court, criminal court, or both may have jurisdiction over domestic violence cases. If you are facing charges, it is imperative that you seek legal representation as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. The Hudson Valley domestic violence attorneys at Letterio, Shedden & Haug, LLP have more than 30 years of combined experience representing clients in family and criminal courts.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, call (845) 203-0997 for a free consultation.
Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence may include a wide range of criminal acts. These include assault, menacing, stalking, strangulation, and sexual abuse. In addition to the criminal charges, victims of domestic violence may bring civil charges in family court and request an order of protection, which requires that the defendant stay away from the victim and the victim’s children.
Domestic violence describes crimes that are committed between people who are:
- Legally married
- Formerly married
- Have an intimate relationship, even if they are not married
- Have a child together
- Are related by consanguinity or affinity
Individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses may face a wide variety of penalties, depending on the specific charges. For example, first-degree assault can result in a prison sentence of between 5 and 25 years and fines of up to $5,000. A conviction of first-degree strangulation may result in between 3 and 15 years of imprisonment and fines of up to $5,000. Due to the serious nature of these crimes, you should not hesitate to seek skilled legal representation.
Exploring Possible Defense Strategies
There are several possible defenses to domestic violence charges, including justification for using non-deadly force on a child when it is necessary for restraint or discipline, self-defense, or mental health problems. Our Hudson Valley domestic violence lawyers will listen to your side of the story and examine the evidence to recommend the best defense strategy in your case.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact us at (845) 203-0997 to speak with an experienced attorney. Our office is conveniently located in Beacon.
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