New York Assault Lawyer

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Anyone involved with a physical altercation within the state of New York may be charged with either misdemeanor or felony assault. There are many different degrees of assault, each of which carries its own unique penalties, legal considerations, and sentencing guidelines. Regardless of your charge, it is in your best interest to secure the services of a reliable New York criminal defense lawyer.

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Assault charges are considered very serious crimes and it is essential to secure representation as soon as possible after you have been charged for the greatest opportunity to secure a positive result. The Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (718) 878-3781 to discuss any pending assault charges.

Types of Assault Charges

In the State of New York, there are a wide range of assault charges that can be levied against individuals and groups. All assault charges are related to violent or threatening activities committed between citizens.

Some of the various categories of assault charges include:

  • Assault in the 3rd Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor from Section 120 of the Penal Code
  • Menacing a Police Officer, a Class D Felony from Section 120.25 of the Penal Code
  • Vehicular Assault in the 1st Degree, a Class D Felony from Section 120.04 of the Penal Code
  • Gang Assault in the 1st Degree, a Class B Felony from Section 120.07 of the Penal Code

There are many other types of assault charges that require the aggressive assistance of a New York criminal defense attorney to successfully defend.

Prosecutors decide what type of charges to pursue based on the extent of physical or emotional harm done to the victim, the motivation for the crime, and whether a weapon was utilized. It is not uncommon for assault charges to come with additional charges such as menacing or harassment. These lesser charges are added on to increase the likelihood of a conviction if the prosecution is unable to prove an assault charge.

Contact the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC at (718) 878-3781 to schedule a free initial consultation with a New York criminal defense attorney!

An assault charge on your record can have negative impacts on your personal and professional life. If you have been accused of some form of assault, a defense attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler can represent you in court. With the help of your attorney, you may be able to reach an agreement that reduces any jail time or fines or possibly have your charges dismissed entirely.

Types of Assault

New York law covers various types of assaults. Each assault category has its own specific penalties and ranges in classifications from misdemeanors to felonies. Some of the most common types of assaults include:

Vehicular Assault – A vehicular assault may fall under the category of a Class E or Class D felony in New York state. A common example of vehicular assault is when a driver has a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and causes bodily harm to another person while operating a vehicle. If the vehicular assault results in a fatality, the driver could be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Depending on the specific circumstances, a vehicular manslaughter conviction may result in a jail sentence of up to 25 years and $5,000 in fines, according to DrivingLaws.com.

Gang Assault – When someone teams up with one or more individuals to commit an assault on another person, this is considered a gang assault in New York. The National Gang Center states that a first-degree gang assault is considered a class B felony while a second-degree gang assault is classified as a class C felony. A person charged with a class B felony may have to serve a prison term of between five and twenty-five years. A class C felony is a less serious offense and does not require a sentence longer than seven years.

Assault on a Police Officer – Physically harming a police officer is considered a serious offense in New York and could leave you with a class C felony on your record. An aggravated assault of a police officer is considered a class B felony, which may carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years. According to YPDCrime.com, you could face similar charges if you assault a peace officer, paramedic or firefighter.

Assault in the 3rd Degree – This broad category comes with a class A felony charge, which is the highest degree of felony and may include life imprisonment. Justia describes this type of assault as someone who causes harm to another person in a reckless or criminally negligent manner with egregious damages.

How a Defense Attorney Can Help

If you have been accused of committing an assault, your defense attorney will compile evidence that may prove your innocence or at least minimize your involvement in the crime. Any witnesses who were present and can provide testimony on your behalf can be brought into court to give statements. In the event that you are called upon to take the stand and testify on your own behalf, you will be advised on what to say by your attorney. If a jury is arranged to decide the outcome of your case, an argument that highlights your version of the events will be prepared and presented. Your legal representative will attempt to negotiate with the judge and prosecuting lawyer to overturn or reduce your charges. Every measure will be taken to ensure that you receive a fair trial.

The Law Offices of Robert Tsigler can give you legal guidance to help you throughout each phase of the process. Your case will be examined in a timely manner so that you can start preparing for court sooner. Call today to receive a consultation.

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