New York has a major domestic violence problem. New York City police responded to 284,660 domestic violence incidents in 2013 alone, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Police just outside the city responded to another 187,710 cases.
This is why so many people in New York City apply for orders of protection every year. Sometimes, domestic violence in New York can be discouraged or deterred by installing something like a Security Camera System in your home. For victims of domestic violence or abuse, an order of protection can legally require your abuser to:
- Move out of your home;
- Stay away from you and your children;
- Pay court-ordered child support;
- Follow child custody orders; and
- Not own a gun.
If you were a victim of domestic violence in New York or if you have questions about orders of protection, contact the Elliot Green Law Offices. Mr. Green is an integrated domestic violence lawyer in Queens who will help you understand New York laws.
Our office is available 24 hours a day. Call 718-260-8668 to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about divorce proceedings in New York.
3 Charges Related to Violating Orders of Protection in New York
Orders of protection are designed to safeguard a person from further abuse at the hands of his or her attacker, and to create a safer environment for children. A study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that orders of protection are highly effective for keeping victims of domestic violence safe. The authors of the paper concluded that abused women who applied for orders of protection experienced reduced levels of violence over the subsequent 18 months.
In New York, violating an order of protection comes with serious consequences. Depending on the facts surrounding the violation, the offender could face charges of:
- Second-Degree Criminal Contempt: This is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction could come with up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
- First-Degree Criminal Contempt: This is a Class E felony. A conviction could come with up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Aggravated Criminal Contempt: This is a Class D felony. A conviction could come with up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
What Types of Relationships Are Eligible for Orders of Protection?
According to NyCourts.gov, if you would like to obtain an order of protection, your relationship will have to fall in one of these categories:
- Former or current spouse;
- A parent of your child;
- A relative through marriage or blood; or
- A person with whom you have had an “intimate relationship.”
If you were a victim of domestic violence and your abuser violated the order of protection, contact Elliot Green. Mr. Green can evaluate your case, demystify New York laws, and explain how the violation may affect your family.
As your family attorney in Queens, Elliot Green will compassionately represent your interests. Call 718-260-8668 today to schedule a free initial consultation.