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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Staten Island Domestic Violence Lawyers

Domestic violence is one of the most serious offenses. In Staten Island and anywhere else in New York, the crime is committed when there is a series of offenses known as “family offenses” perpetrated. The family court has concurrent jurisdiction over these offenses, which include assault, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, stalking, menacing and strangulation. With any of those offenses committed against a victim, the victim can bring forth charges for domestic violence in civil or criminal court or in both. Additionally, a victim can seek an order of protection from either civil or criminal court. Frequently, such an order includes that the perpetrator not only stay away from the victim but any children involved as well.

Criminal laws in Staten Island, New York don’t differentiate between domestic violence type offenses, but there are a number of acts of violence that can occur between members of the same household or family.

Overview of New York Domestic Violence Laws

There are several statutes that apply to domestic violence that are as follows:

• New York penal law Sections 120.00 – 120.12 refer to assault offenses
• New York Penal Law Section 120.13 – 120.15 refer to menacing offenses
• New York Penal Law Section 120.45 – 120.60 refer to stalking offenses
• New York Penal Law Sections 121.11 – 121.14 refer to strangulation offenses
• Family Court Act Section 812 refers to procedures for family offense proceedings

What is the Definition of Domestic Violence?

The crime of domestic violence occurs when there is an incident between two family members or two members of the same household. In order for domestic violence to occur, there must be one of the following types of relationships present between the two parties:

• They are related by affinity or consanguinity
• They are legally married
• There were formerly married
• They share a child in common
• They have been in an intimate relationship, even if they are not living together

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Staten Island, New York?

The category of family offenses is a broad one and encompasses a large variety of penalties as per New York law. For example, if a person is convicted of a violent felony offense like first-degree assault, they may receive a prison sentence ranging anywhere from five to 25 years of incarceration or a fine as great as $5,000. In the case of strangulation in the first degree, which is also a violent felony offense, the individual could see a prison sentence ranging from a minimum of 3.5 years to a maximum of 15 years or a fine of a maximum of $5,000.

When the offense is in a lesser category, such as assault in the third degree, menacing in the second degree or criminal obstruction of breathing of blood circulation, which are considered to be class A misdemeanors, the punishment is less severe. The defendant might receive a sentence of prison for one year or less or a fine of up to $1,000.

Possible Defenses for a Domestic Violence Charge

If a person is arrested and charged with domestic violence, he or she can use certain defenses in court. The criminal defense attorney can rely on the following as possible defense tactics:

• Justification in a situation where there is a charge of assault and a parent uses non-deadly force on a child younger than 21 to discipline or restrain the child
• Self-defense for an assault charge where the aggressor communicates withdrawal but the victim continues the incident with unlawful physical force or threatens imminent physical force
• Mental disease or defect
• Medical or dental purposes if strangulation and similar offenses are involved

Temporary Orders of Protection

If a defendant is charged in criminal court with committing any type of domestic violence or “family offense” against a family member, current or former spouse, child or parent, the individual who was the victim in the situation has the ability to obtain a temporary order of protection. In addition, a victim can also file a petition for an order of protection during proceedings in the family court. The victim can request an order of protection even if the individual who committed the act of domestic violence has not been arrested. The judge will review the petition for the temporary order of protection and ask the victim a series of questions. The victim’s answers will determine whether or not the order of protection is really necessary. The order can be issued ex parte, which means the offender does not have to be notified before the judge issues the order of protection.

Typically, a temporary order of protection can include the following provisions:

• Require the defendant to stay away from the home, workplace or school of the family member or any witnesses included in the order
• Set a child visitation schedule for a parent
• Prohibit the defendant from committing criminal offenses against a family member, child or household member
• Prohibit the defendant from committing any act that may create a risk to the safety, welfare or health of a child or family member or member of the household
• Prohibit the defendant from harming any pets of the victim or child who lives in the home

If you have been arrested in the Staten Island, New York area for domestic violence, you need a highly skilled domestic violence attorney on your side. Contact a lawyer at the Spodek Law Group at your earliest convenience.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

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Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

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