Domestic Violence

LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2008
CHAPTER 601
 
AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to criminal mischief and related offenses
 
Became a law September 25, 2008, with the approval of the Governor.
Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.
 
  The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:
 
  Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 145.13 to
read as follows:
§ 145.13 Definitions.
  For the purposes of sections 145.00, 145.05, 145.10 and 145.12 of this
article:
  "Property of another" shall include property jointly or co-owned by
another person. It shall be no defense that one believes that he or she
has a reasonable ground or right to damage such property because he or
she owns such property along with another person unless such other
person has given his or her consent to damage such property.
  § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
 
The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:
  Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of the Public
Officers Law, we hereby jointly certify that this slip copy of this
session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such
section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

DEAN G. SKELOS
Temporary President of the Senate
SHELDON SILVER
Speaker of the Assembly