Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Charges

What is Domestic Abuse?

According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), domestic violence is a type of abuse committed between intimate partners. "Intimate partner" can refer to a parent, child, roommate, dating partner, spouse or other close acquaintance. Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States and commonly results in physical injury and, psychological scaring and emotional anxiety or depression. According to the NLM and NIH, individuals of all races and ages are affected by domestic violence, but it is difficult to know the extent of its influence because many domestic violence cases are never reported to the police.

Domestic violence takes many forms, but is generally an attempt to gain or maintain power over an individual. This is committed through emotional/psychological abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. Abusive partners may attempt to gain emotional control over victims by calling names, acting possessively, become extremely jealous, and attempting to isolate the victim from friends and family. In extreme cases, abusers attempt to keep victims from working, controlling their own finances or going to school. Emotional abuse takes many forms and may include threats of violence and overbearing behavior. Generally speaking, any repeated behavior that attempts to humiliate the victim may be considered emotional abuse.

Sexually abusive partners tend to idealize rigid gender roles. Additionally, any behavior that is sexually demeaning may be considered domestic abuse. Abusive partners may ignore their partners' feelings regarding sex and become extremely possessive. Sexual abuse often involves manipulating the victim into performing sexual acts or having sex. Physical abuse takes many forms as well. Physical abusers may threaten to hurt their victims' children, drive recklessly to scare their partner or force their partner to leave home. Threats of violence and abandonment may be considered physical abuse, too. Additionally, physical abuse includes slapping, pushing, biting, kicking hitting and other forms of physical contact.

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Charged with Domestic Violence?

The police and DA's Offices in White Plains take domestic violence very seriously. If you have been arrested, or if the police are looking for you in connection with a domestic violence charge, you need to contact an experienced White Plains criminal lawyer immediately. My name is Attorney John M. Cromwell, and I have been representing individuals in your position since 1988. I am committed to defending your rights and helping you avoid the serious consequences you face.

A heated argument between you and your spouse or significant other which results in a shove, a bruise, or a phone call to 911 in a moment of anger, can result in either or both of you being arrested. You will not under any circumstances be given an appearance ticket. By contacting an attorney right away, before your arraignment, you can significantly increase your chances of getting out of jail with the lowest possible bail, or even no bail, depending on the circumstances.

If you arrested in White Plains, you can count on spending at least a day or possibly longer in jail if the arrest occurred over a weekend or during a busy period, before you see a judge. This can have serious consequences for your job, your reputation in the community, and with immigration if you are not a United States citizen. Hiring a lawyer experienced in resolving domestic violence charges is critical to the successful resolution of your case.

A domestic violence charge is grounds for deportation if you are not a citizen, but I am experienced in resolving all the issues which come up in relation to criminal prosecution, including immigration matters, family court and civil rights actions. There is much at stake for your future, and I urge you to call me today to begin work on your defense.

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