NYC Assault Lawyer
Assault is one of the most common crimes in New York City. In New York law, assault is conduct that causes physical harm or offensive physical contact with another person, or the intentional attempt to cause such harm. Due to the nature of the crime and variety of ways it can be perpetrated, assault can be charged for a range of conduct – in some instances, conduct that a defendant is shocked to find qualifies as assault.
The frequency of assault charges does not detract from the seriousness of the offense. NYC prosecutors take assault very seriously, and the district attorney seeks substantial punishments for those convicted of assault.
The ramifications of an assault conviction can impact your freedom, future employment and financial stability – without a substantial, strategic defense you are putting each of these important aspects of your life at significant risk. This is an unnecessary risk, and knowledgeable, effective legal services are available to every defendant in the City of New York.
Assault Charges in NYC
Under the New York Penal Code, assault charges vary in degree of severity and potential punishment. The difference in these charges is based on the means and method for the assault, the identity of the victim and whether he or she falls under a pro and severity of alleged injury caused to the victim.
Based on these factors, there are three separate degrees of assault charges, and knowing the difference is pivotal for a strong defense. A knowledgeable assault attorney can expand on the following basic information.
- Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor and the least serious form of assault under New York law.
- Assault in the second degree is a class D felony, punishable by over one year in prison.
- Assault in the first degree is a class B felony and the most serious form of assault under New York law.
Irrespective of the assault charges against you, it’s possible that a conviction will result in a jail sentence. For conviction of assault in the first degree, you could face years of incarceration, up to 25 years in prison. A NYC criminal defense attorney that fights to prevent a conviction for assault is your strongest and best asset as you face criminal charges.
Heightened Assault Charges in NYC
Greco Neyland Attorneys at Law handles all types and degrees of assault charges in New York. No matter your circumstances and the facts of your case, we are prepared to offer straightforward advice and give you an opportunity for acquittal. Our seasoned attorneys handle the most stressful and complicated assault charges including:
- Intentional assault with a deadly weapon;
- Assault resulting in serious bodily injury;
- Assault of a minor child;
- Assault on a police officer, firefighter, parole officer or EMT;
- Assault with a motor vehicle;
- Assault under the heat of passion;
- Assault as a hate crime; or
- Aggravated assault.
These heightened and aggravated assault charges are a felony, if convicted. As a convicted felon in the State of New York, you would serve an extensive prison sentence, sometimes without the possibility of parole, but many people lose much more in the aftermath of an aggravated or heightened assault conviction. Relationships, self-worth and future potential all suffer, and a criminal record will follow you for life.
A felony conviction in New York also prohibits you from:
- Purchasing or carrying a firearm;
- Voting while incarcerated and on parole;
- Receiving welfare benefits;
- Receiving subsidized housing from the federal government; and
- Applying for specific professional licenses and certifications.
Given the potential, and in some instances mandated, consequences that follow a felony conviction for an aggravated assault case, acquittal and mitigation of such charges is imperative.
The difference in results between aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault is significant, and you deserve an attorney that will build a case positioned for the best possible outcome, regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case and your criminal history.
Top NYC Assault Defense Attorneys
Greco Neyland Attorneys at Law provide private, reputable criminal defense services to the people of New York City. Unlike a public defender, our attorneys are able to set their own caseload and dedicate ample time to each client. This intentional distribution of time allows each criminal defense attorney in our office to do his or her best work, on every case.
At Greco Neyland Attorneys at Law, our approach is based on prior experience as prosecutors, and an understanding of how criminal law works from the opposite side of the table, and a staunch belief that everyone is entitled to a robust defense. This combination of past experience and firm conviction in defense leads to a reliable, informed defense practice that fully and effectively represents our clients.
To learn more about the assault and aggravated assault defense services at Greco Neyland or ask specific questions of our qualified attorneys, contact our Manhattan office immediately.
Contact Greco Neyland, PC today at Greco Neyland, PC located at 535 5th Ave #2500, New York, NY 10017 or Call (212) 951-1300 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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