Survival Tools for Victims of Domestic Violence

Strategies for Avoiding and Dealing with Domestic Violence

When you live in apprehension of domestic violence, there are tactics that you can employ to minimize the risk of injury. The best solution may be to remove yourself from the environment where violence has or is likely to occur, but this is often not realistic. Domestic violence can be totally unexpected and can follow you wherever you go. This article provides concrete actions you can take to protect yourself and those you love.

Steps You Can Take Before Domestic Violence Occurs

You can be prepared for the likelihood of domestic violence by taking the following actions:

  1. Make an extra set of keys (house and car) and hide them in an easily accessible, but unknown location. This will allow you to leave the premises quickly if you fear or are exposed to violence.
  2. Pack a suitcase with the clothes you will need for at least a week. Store the suitcase with a friend or family member.
  3. Put together an emergency package containing money, medications, credit cards and other essential items. Store the package at the home of a friend or some other location outside of the home.
  4. Set up a plan for a safe house, a place you can stay on a short-term basis until your situation is resolved and you feel safe returning to your home. Do not include this information in e-mails, letters or any other communication that can be discovered by your spouse.
  5. Set up police and emergency phone numbers in the speed dial on your cell phone.
  6. Know your escape route. Preferably, plan a route that your spouse will not expect.

What to Do When Domestic Violence Occurs

If you are threatened with or subjected to violence, the following steps are critical:

  1. Call 911 as soon as you can. You should also teach your children how to dial 911.
  2. If you have put together an escape plan, execute it. If you cannot leave the house, go to a room in the house that has a door that locks, preferably one that has a window to the outside. If your attacker is outside the house, lock all the doors, if possible.
  3. Avoid the kitchen (too many sharp objects), the bathroom or any other small spaces where you have no escape. Don’t try to take up a weapon, as you may lose it to your attacker.
  4. When the police arrive, report all the details of the attack.

After a Domestic Attack

The most important step after a domestic attack is to report the matter to police. You can then seek a restraining or protective order preventing your attacker from coming near you. You should also obtain medical treatment as soon as possible.

Long Island Domestic Violence Lawyer

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Serving clients in New York City, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Nassau County & Suffolk County.

Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
Domestic violence is considered to be abusive, violent, and forceful or threatening actions or words used by one family member against another or between cohabiting partners.

Located in Melville, Long Island, the domestic violence and criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Anthony J. Colleluori provide clients throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island with aggressive, experienced representation and a quality defense against domestic violence charges, including obtaining or defending requests for restraining orders.

Often, when domestic violence occurs, you need more than just a family law attorney to handle your needs because the situation is complex, involving:

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DUI / DWI Conviction:

A conviction for Driving While Intoxicated in NY is a misdemeanor. In other words it is a crime. New York has no expungement statute which means the conviction can never be removed from your record. You will always have to say you have been convicted for a crime on any job application that asks the question.

DWI convictions come in a few different shapes and sizes and as you might imagine the penalties get more serious as the crimes escalate in severity. Here is a table of statutory penalties:

First offense DWAI:
A fine of no less than $300 and no more than $500.
Possible jail time of up to 15 days.
Loss of license for 90 days.

Second Offense DWAI Within 5 years:
A fine of no less than $500 and no more than $750.
Possible jail time of up to 30 days.
Loss of license for at least 6 months.

Third Offense DWAI Within 10 years:
A fine of no less than $750 and no more than $1,500.
Possible jail time of up to 180 days.
Loss of license for 90 days if previous violation occurred over five years ago, and loss of license for at least 1 year if it occurred within five years.

First offense DWI or DWAI-Drugs (i.e., no prior DWI convictions within 10 years):
A fine of no less than $500 and no more than $1,000.
Possible jail time of up to 1 year.
Loss of license for at least 6 months.

You will also have to install an ignition interlock device on your car and attend and pay for an alcohol assessment.

Second Offense DWI or DWAI-Drugs Within 5 Years:
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
Mandatory jail time of at least 5 days or at least 30 days community service, or possible prison time of up to 4 years.
Loss of license for at least 1 year.

You will also have to install an ignition interlock device on your car and attend and pay for an alcohol assessment.

Third Offense (Or More) DWI or DWAI-Drugs Within 5 Years:
A fine of no less than $2,000 and no more than $10,000.
Mandatory jail time of at least 10 days or at least 60 days community service, or possible prison time of up to 7 years.
Loss of license for at least 1 year, ignition interlock device, and required alcohol evaluation.

Second Offense DWI or DWAI-Drugs Within 10 Years:
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
Possible prison time of up to 4 years.
Loss of license for at least 1 year.

Third Offense (Or More) DWI or DWAI-Drugs Within 10 Years:
A fine of no less than $2,000 and no more than $10,000.
Possible prison time of up to 7 years.
Loss of license for at least 1 year.

First Offense DWAI-Alcohol/Drugs:
A fine of no less than $500 and no more than $1,000.
Possible jail time of up to 1 year.
Loss of license for at least 6 months.

Second Offense DWAI-Alcohol/Drugs:
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
Possible prison time of up to 4 years.
Loss of license for at least 1 year.

Third Offense DWAI-Alcohol/Drugs:
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
Possible prison time of up to 7 years.
Loss of license for at least 18 months.

First Offense Aggravated DWI:
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,500.
Possible jail time of up to 1 year.
Loss of license for at least 1 year.

Second Offense Aggravated DWI Within 5 years:
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
Mandatory jail time of at least 5 days or at least 30 days community service, or possible prison time of up to 4 years.
Loss of license for at least 18 months.

Third Offense (Or More) Aggravated DWI Within 10 years
A fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
Mandatory jail time of at least 10 days or at least 60 days community service, or possible prison time of up to 7 years.
Loss of license for at least 18 months.

Passenger Under 16 in Vehicle
Class “E” Felony
Fine Up to $5,000 and / or,
Jail – Up to 4 Years this is on top of the DWI charge.

First Offense Zero Tolerance: (For drivers under 21 with a BAC higher than .02)
Minimum $125 civil penalty payable to DMV.
Loss of license for 6 months.
$100 suspension termination fee.

Second Offense Zero Tolerance:
Minimum $125 civil penalty payable to DMV.
Loss of license for at least 1 year or until 21 years old, whichever is longer.
$100 license re-application fee.

You can expect a good lawyer to charge you no less than three thousand dollars for a first offense DWI. A trial can run upwards of fifteen thousand additional dollars. The more serious the case, the higher these fees will be as well.

Also, a slew of civil penalties and insurance costs exist, that for the first time DWI offender over the course of three years will exceed ten thousand dollars-outside of the criminal penalties discussed above and the legal fees.

Long Island DWI Lawyer

Criminal Defense | DUI/DWI

Serving clients in New York City, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Nassau County & Suffolk County.

As experienced New York City and Long Island Criminal Defense and DWI Attorneys, Anthony J. Colleluori and his associates fight to protect your interests, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call (516) 741-3400 to discuss your case with an experienced DWI defense attorney or contact us online.

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