Violence and intimidation are problems that no one should have to face, but the reality is that these forms of abuse are all too common, and they can appear even in the marital home. Abuse is one of the four grounds for at-fault divorce in New York State, allowing battered spouses the ability to formally and legally part from their abusers. Before leaving an abusive spouse or filing for divorce can be accomplished, it is important to recognize the signs of domestic abuse. Be sure to watch criminal defense attorney Randy Gugino’s video below, in which he discusses the legal consequences and penalties for individuals who engage in abusive actions.
I would define “domestic abuse” as any threat by one spouse, regardless of whether that threat has been carried out, to harm the other spouse physically, emotionally, financially, or in any other manner. Threats such as these constitute harassment, which can be a violation, a misdemeanor, or a felony, depending on the degree of the harassment. An aggravated harassment felony is severe and will be treated as such in criminal court.
If you or a loved one has experienced domestic abuse, don’t wait until it gets worse! Contact The Law Office of Randy H. Gugino for a free confidential consultation.
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