Domestic Violence

White Plains Domestic Violence Attorney

Representing clients facing domestic violence issues

shutterstock_233533039Domestic Violence is a major issue in New York and all across the United States. New York has implemented laws to immediately help victims of domestic violence in order to prevent serious consequences. The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1994 revolutionized the way New York handles domestic violence. Domestic violence does not have limitations. Anyone can be a victim regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, religious affiliation, or socioeconomic status. In some unfortunate cases, people who are not victims of domestic violence use the laws as a tool to retaliate or otherwise punish a spouse because of marital issues. If you have been accused of domestic violence and served with a temporary order of protection, you need to contact an attorney immediately. The Penichet Law Firm, P.C. can effectively represent your needs and protect your future.

Defining domestic violence

Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. Domestic violence can also be the act of maintaining control over an adult intimate partner through coercive tactics, including physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can also include:

  • Terrorization
  • Isolation
  • Emotional persecution
  • Sexual exploitation

Order of Protection

An Order of Protection is a tool to limit the behavior of the accused. Β An Order of Protection can be obtained in either family court or criminal court, or both at the same time. An Order of Protection may also be part of your divorce process in New York Supreme Court. The family court grants Orders of Protection against husbands and ex-husbands, wives and ex-wives, the parent of your children and those related by blood. Others involved may need to seek Orders of Protection in criminal court.

Consequences of being served an Order of Protection

Orders of Protection are serious. If one is imposed against you, you can be forced to leave your home and your children. Sometimes you may be kept away from your children and forced to pay temporary child support. You may even be forced to pay damages for the alleged abuse. You could be brought up on criminal charges for the offense. If you are convicted, you could face jail time and a permanent criminal record. Further, if you are accused of violating an Order of Protection, you may face jail time and the same.

Contact an experienced Westchester County domestic violence lawyer

The Penichet Firm, P.C. has been a legal resource for the people of New York for many years. Our firm focuses on family law and criminal law in order to offer clients quality legal services when the two areas collide. If you are facing a criminal matter because of a domestic violence accusation, The Penichet Firm, P.C. is the law firm for you. If you need a law firm with a history of proven results and an esteemed reputation for excellence and action, contact The Penichet Firm, P.C.