Felony Domestic Violence Cases in NYC
A domestic violence charge can either be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on multiple factors. Misdemeanor convictions can result in a fine or up to twelve months in jail. However, felony convictions will result in much heavier fines, longer jail sentences, and possibly restraining orders against the convicted on behalf of the victim.
A domestic violence charge will become a felony if the injuries sustained by the victim are severe, or if there was a weapon involved in the incident. The addition of a theft during the incident can also turn the charge into a felony.
The police do make initial charges but the prosecutors office has ultimate discretion on whether the charge is a felony or misdemeanor. It is not uncommon for the prosecutor’s office to change the original charge from law enforcement, particularly as new evidence is discovered and brought forward.
NYC Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic violence charges are a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has been charged with a domestic violence crime in New York, contact Paul D. Petrus, Jr. at (212) 564-2440 to schedule a free consultation today.