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Assault Charges in Rochester, NY

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In some states, "assault" is considered the act of threatening someone with the possibility of violence, but in New York, it concerns actual, harmful contact. These vary in severity, but assault is considered a violent offense and all those who are convicted not only face serious questions, but a troubling black mark on their permanent record.

If you have been accused, then it is time to contact my New York law firm. As a Rochester assault attorney, I have been staunchly defending clients in and out of court for more than 15 years. Those who come to me for counsel can rest assured that they have the insight of a former prosecutor on their side—someone who knows how justice system operates and, more importantly, how to counter the state’s efforts against you.

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The Different Degrees of Assault in New York

Assault is described in NY State Law §120 and it is broken down into three degrees: first, second, and first. These degrees are organized by their perceived seriousness, with first being considered the most severe.

Assault charges in New York include:

  • Third Degree (Misdemeanor): Charged when someone is believed to have intentionally, recklessly, or negligently injured another person. This charge is reserved for when minor injuries occur.
  • Second Degree (Class D Felony): Charged when significant injury is inflicted by the accused recklessly or intentionally. If there were weapons or instruments involved, this also qualifies as second degree assault.
  • First Degree (Class B Felony): Charged for the most serious instances where grievous injury is inflicted. It can also be charged while victims are hurt while the accused is committing or fleeing another, separate felony.

Is Assault a Felony in NY?

In New York, assault can be a felony depending on the circumstances of the case such as if a weapon was used to cause an injury, the severity of the victim’s injuries or if the assault occurred while committing another crime.

Under New York law, felony assault can be classified as a Class D felony for second degree assault or a Class B felony for first degree assault. In order to be charged with felony assault a physical injury must have occurred.

Hire a Skilled Assault Attorney in Rochester, NY

Third degree assault can come with a maximum sentence of one year in jail. The other chargers, which are serious felonies, can come with serious prison time and fines. For more specific information on what penalties you could be facing for your assault charge, contact me today. As your Rochester assault attorney, I can help assess the details of your case, determine what your legal options are, and mount a competent, dynamic defense on your behalf.

Facing charges for assault? Maximum penalties can be avoided. Call me to start your defense today.

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