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Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic violence is a serious problem that impacts many relationships. If you have been assaulted by a  member of your family or household, you should immediately call the police and also contact an attorney who can inform you of your rights. If you have been charged with a crime, you have the legal presumption of innocence. The law firm of Howard B. Leff, P.C. works with victims of domestic violence  in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan and also defends those who have been charged with an offense.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a specific type of assaultive behavior directed toward members of a person’s family or household, including spouses, former spouses, parents, children, romantic partners, step-family members, grandparents and grandchildren. This behavior includes a variety of abusive tactics aimed at coercing or intimidating another, whether by physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or emotional means.

Domestic Violence Penalties

Domestic violence is a serious offense and you may face penalties as a result of committing any of the following crimes: disorderly conduct, harassment, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse, stalking, criminal mischief, menacing, assault, or reckless endangerment. If these crimes are committed against a family member, the penalties and sentence may be enhanced under applicable domestic violence laws.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

In his 36 years of practice, Mr. Leff has obtained numerous orders of protection designed to keep his clients safe. In the event of marital abuse, if you wish to pursue a legal separation or divorce, Mr. Leff can also advise you on how to quickly end the marriage. Mr. Leff understands the sensitive nature of these situations and will strive to restore your peace of mind during the proceedings.

Defending Domestic Violence Charges

While domestic violence in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan is a critical problem, in some cases, individuals are falsely accused, particularly when relationships end badly or in contentious divorce and child custody cases. Regardless of the circumstances, the Courts take these cases very seriously and you need to act quickly to defend yourself. In New York State, law enforcement is required to make a mandatory arrest for domestic violence complaints. In addition, the court may order a temporary or permanent stay away order. Ultimately, being found “guilty” can adversely affect your ability to obtain employment or even to see your children.


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