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NYC Domestic Violence Attorney

Mark I. Cohen is an experienced NYC domestic violence attorney who represents defendants charged with domestic violence crimes in the New York State Court system. Frequently these charges are brought against individuals who are in divorce and child custody proceedings and are brought to seek leverage against a future ex-spouse. Domestic violence crimes are also frequently brought against non-familial individuals such as boyfriends and girlfriends.

In New York, there are a number of distinct crimes which comprise domestic violence:

  • Felonious and misdemeanor Assault charges (PL 120.10; PL 120.05; PL120.00);
  • Aggravated Harassment and Harassment in the Second Degree (PL 240.30);
  • Aggravated Criminal Contempt and Criminal Contempt for the violation of court-issued protection orders (PL 215.50; PL 215.51);
  • Stalking in the Second Degree, Third Degree, and Fourth Degree (PL 120.55, PL 120.50, PL 120.45);
  • Menacing in the Second Degree and Third Degree (PL 120.14, PL 120.15);
  • Obstruction of Breathing or blood circulation (PL 121.11);
  • Strangulation in the Second Degree (PL 121.12); and
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child (PL 260.10).

In New York State prosecutors treat allegations of domestic violence very seriously. Nearly all allegations of domestic violence result in arrest and the issuance of an order of protection by the court which prohibits the accused from contacting the complainant. Penalties for domestic violence can range from one year in jail to twenty-five years in prison depending on the offense.

Charged with Domestic Violence in New York City?

During his 30 years of criminal defense practice, Mr. Cohen has mastered the procedural and substantive law pertaining to domestic violence crimes. By retaining Mark I. Cohen, a domestic violence defendant maximizes the chances that:

  1. He or she will be released from custody on the lowest possible amount of bail or on his or her own recognizance;
  2. He or she may be able to prevail on a motion to dismiss the indictment (if the indictment is defective);
  3. He or she will be able to suppress any evidence illegally seized by investigators (if the evidence was obtained in violation of the defendant’s rights);
  4. He or she will be able to prevail at trial;
  5. He or she will be able to obtain the best plea bargain possible should there be compelling evidence of the defendant’s guilt; and
  6. He or she will be able to receive a non-prison sentence, or which results in the lowest amount of prison possible.

If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, you should contact Mark I. Cohen, an experienced NYC domestic violence attorney, to maximize your chances of preserving your freedom, reputation, and assets.

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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