Accused of Assault?

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Assault can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony level offense, depending on the specific facts of each case. Assault is considered a "violent" crime and carries significant penalties, including mandatory jail time in the event of a felony conviction for assault in the second degree or in the first degree. Violent crimes are always viewed as a top priority by judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement. If you have been charged with assault, or any related offense, then it is critical that you hire a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys.

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Assault Definitions in New York

In New York State, assault is classified as either first or second degree, which are both felony level offenses, or assault in the third degree, which is a misdemeanor level offense. The facts and allegations of each specific case determine whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense.

New York defines assault in the following ways:

  • Assault in third degree - class "A" misdemeanor offense (Penal Law §120.00): An individual is guilty of assault in the third degree when that individual causes "physical injury" to another person with the intent to cause such an injury. An individual is also guilty of assault in the third degree when that individual causes physical injury to another person by acting recklessly, or by acting with "criminal negligence," in the event that the injury is caused by a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  • Assault in the second degree - class "D" felony offense (Penal Law §120.05): An individual is guilty of assault in the second degree when that individual causes "serious physical injury" to another person with the intent to cause such an injury. An individual is also guilty of assault in the second degree when that individual causes "physical injury" to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, and the individual intended to cause "physical injury."
  • Assault in the first degree - class "B" felony offense (Penal Law §120.10): An individual is guilty of assault in the first degree when that individual intentionally causes "serious physical injury" to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

Assault in the third degree is considered a class "A" misdemeanor offense, punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.00, while assault in the second degree and assault in the first degree are considered violent felony offenses, which carry mandatory jail sentences in the event of a conviction. If you've been charged with assault or any related offense, it is vital that you retain experienced criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. Contact the Buffalo criminal defense attorneys at The Rossi Law Firm - they have the knowledge and trial experience necessary to obtain the best results under the specific facts of your case.

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