NY sets new domestic violence charges, penalties

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October 26, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York has established a new felony for repeat low-level domestic violence offenses.

The measure signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo applies the charge of Aggravated Family Offense to defendants who commit certain misdemeanors and already have a conviction for a misdemeanor or felony against a household member within the previous five years.

Punishment is one to four years in prison.

Sponsors say many abusers repeatedly commit low-level offenses that carry minor penalties, enabling them to continue subjecting victims to fear and harm.

Sen. Stephen Saland says Thursday the measure also elevates domestic violence harassment from a violation to a misdemeanor. That can mean up to a year in jail.

It also prohibits anyone subject to an order of protection and charged in that person's death from controlling that person's burial.

Read the announcement here.

Associated Press 2012