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Misdemeanor Assault Lawyer NYC

Many assault charges are classified as felonies, but the misdemeanor offense of assault in the third degree is perhaps the most commonly prosecuted form of this crime in New York City. A person can be charged with third-degree assault even in a case that resulted in seemingly modest physical injury.

The reduced classification of this offense in comparison to other assault charges does not mean that a prosecutor will not take the matter seriously. This a crime for which a conviction can involve very real immediate consequences such as imprisonment and fines as well as the long-term consequences of having a criminal record.

NYC Misdemeanor Assault Lawyer

Were you recently charged with third-degree assault in New York? You should contact Greco Neyland, PC as soon as possible.

Jeff Greco and Dustan Neyland will provide the most aggressive legal defense possible, and our New York City misdemeanor assault attorneys will work to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Call (212) 951-1300 right now to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.


New York City Misdemeanor Assault Overview


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NYC Misdemeanor Assault Charges

Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor. New York Penal Law § 120.00 states that a person can be charged with third-degree assault in any of the following scenarios:

  • With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he or she causes such injury to such person or to a third person
  • He or she recklessly causes physical injury to another person
  • With criminal negligence, he or she causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument

Under Article 10 of the New York Penal Law, a deadly weapon is defined as “any loaded weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, may be discharged.” It can also include any of the following:

  • Switchblade Knife
  • Gravity Knife
  • Pilum Ballistic Knife
  • Metal Knuckle Knife
  • Dagger
  • Billy Club
  • Blackjack
  • Plastic Knuckles
  • Metal Knuckles

A dangerous instrument means “any instrument, article or substance, including a ‘vehicle’ … which, under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or other serious physical injury.”


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Penalties for Misdemeanor Assault in New York City

A person who is convicted of assault in the third degree possibly faces the following punishments:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

In addition to the imprisonment and fines, there can be other significant consequences to convictions in these cases. Depending on the alleged offender and the specific circumstances of his or her case, these may include:

  • Loss of Housing Benefits — A person who is convicted of third-degree assault will be ineligible for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Public Housing for four years following the completion of his or her sentence.
  • Immigration Status — In certain cases, a conviction can be considered a crime involving moral turpitude and could lead to deportation, ineligibility for naturalization, or other consequences for an alleged offender.

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Defenses Against Misdemeanor Assault in NYC

In certain cases, people may be issued desk appearance tickets (DATs). A DAT simply provides an alleged offender with a date to return to criminal court for an arraignment rather than having to be held in jail until he or she can go before a judge.

Make no mistake, a DAT does not mean that a person is not facing criminal charges. Whether an alleged offender has received a DAT or been formally booked and held in jail, it is critical to have legal counsel evaluate the arrest and determine what defenses may be utilized, including—but not limited to—the following:

  • Alleged offender acted in self-defense
  • Alleged offender acted in defense of property or another person
  • Alleged offender’s actions were accidental, but do not rise to level of reckless of criminal negligence
  • Alleged victim did not suffer physical injury
  • Mistaken identity

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Misdemeanor Assault Lawyer in New York City ǀ Greco Neyland, PC

If you have been arrested for assault in the third degree, it is in your best interest to immediately find legal representation. Jeff Greco and Dustan Neyland are both former prosecutors who are familiar with how these cases are handled, and this background helps our firm know exactly what to look for when conducting comprehensive investigations.

Greco Neyland, PC works tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcomes for clients in Manhattan and the greater New York City area. Our Manhattan misdemeanor assault attorneys will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (212) 951-1300 to set up a free legal consultation.

More information could be found on our NYC Assault Lawyer page

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Meet Our Attorneys

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Jeffery Greco

Experience as a former prosecutor gives Jeffery Greco and edge in building the strongest possible defense strategy for the accused in Ney York City

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Dustan Neyland

A through investigation is key to finding every reasonable doubt and geting charges reduced or dismissed for NYC defense attorney Dustan Neyland.

TESTIMONIALS

Rated 5/5 based on 52 customer reviews
jessica eli
jessica eli
23:51 26 Oct 18
Excellent job !!!! Excellent service !!! Jeff is professional and changed my life ! I almost got DWI , instead got me violation . Thank you Jeff and his team ! Sofya future nurse 👩‍⚕️ 🙏
Mona Yang
Mona Yang
16:09 22 Aug 18
Choosing Brian was THE BEST decision we ever made. Through the entire process, Brian tried his best to fight for the best result, met with the assigned ADA and we were eventually able to get the case dismissed straight away. We could never asked for a better result! Brian has a strong personality in court, and we have complete faith that he would do his best to fight for us. To those who are looking for an attorney --- Brian Valerio is the guy!
Christian S.
Christian S.
19:00 13 Jul 18
When I found myself in trouble I was referred to Jeff Greco as the solution to my problem. The first day I walked into his office and talked with him and his associate Brian Valerio to explain my case. Their level of attention to work and get the best results in my case was beyond my expectations. Both, Jeff and Brian, would provide me with answers every time I had a question regarding my case, without a doubt, they were always available to provide me the best service. Jeff and Brian managed to minimize my charges. To this day, I am very thankful I selected the right team to solve my case. Best attorneys you can have on your side. -Christian S
Aaron Bourne
Aaron Bourne
02:53 30 May 18
Best service ever! Jeffrey really knows what he's doing, very knowledgeable, always ready to help and he always takes time to give us a call to update us with the progress of our case. I was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and I am very happy that my case was dismissed within a couple of weeks. Jeff and his team was absolutely prompt on working on my case and the result was unbelievable. Thank you so much!
Sarah Alden
Sarah Alden
07:40 29 May 18
Highly professional legal service! We couldn't thank them enough for the service we received from this company! Prompt and efficient service. The firm is very professional, everyone has been always ready to help and they were quite knowledgeable and well-experienced. I am absolutely impressed with how they were able to quickly worked on my case. Within a couple of weeks, my case got dismissed and I am extremely happy with the result!
Sofia Gentry
Sofia Gentry
03:36 26 May 18
Jeffrey Greco is a friend in need! My best friend acquainted this firm with me and I am extremely grateful for having them to assist us with my case. It happened a few months ago, I got a speeding ticket going 90 mph in a 50 zone and caught driving under the influence of liquor. Within only two or three weeks working with this firm, my case was diminished to a negligible fine with 30 day community service. They were exceptionally expert and they made the whole procedure simple and stressful. I exceedingly recommend this firm!
Tabatha Warrior
Tabatha Warrior
08:49 23 May 18
I had a great experience with Greco Neyland and I am very thankful I met them. I was very impressed with how they quickly worked on my DUI case and I was never been disappointed with the service we received from them. Jeff and his team were very attentive, they were always ready to help and they take time to keep us updated at every step of the way. I couldn't be more happier with the results and I will definitely use their service again in the future!
Iris Haughey
Iris Haughey
08:06 22 May 18
My close friend from work recommended Jeffrey Greco and I am very thankful that I met him. I was absolutely impressed with how he was able to quickly worked on my case and the result was beyond my expectation. Everyone in this firm was extremely helpful, always responsive, professional and they never fail to look after. Also, they made the whole process much easier and convenient for us. Again, I couldn't be happier with the result and I can't thank you guys enough for the great help!
Aumoe Coleshill
Aumoe Coleshill
03:25 21 May 18
One of the best decision we made is choosing Greco Neyland for helping us with my sister's case. I can honestly say that Jeff Greco is one of the best defense attorneys in the area without question. Very professional in handling any case, always ready to help, approachable and he was very knowledgeable. We explained the nature of my sister's situation clearly and he was able to provide us great advices about our case. Thank you Jeff for everything!
Alfonso Lovella
Alfonso Lovella
03:21 19 May 18
This law firm is extremely professional and very knowledgeable! My family and I was very impressed with how quickly they worked on my brother's case and the result was really great. They made the whole process very easy and simple. Also the payment was quite reasonable and it was really within our budget. We were very comfortable working with this company and we would recommend this law firm to anyone! I am very happy for having them!
Dona Robles
Dona Robles
01:22 18 May 18
My brother recommended Greco Neyland and I am very thankful for having them to help us with my case. Jeffrey Greco was truly an outstanding attorney and the service we received from them was really great! Attorney Greco and his team truly did an amazing job on getting a very good result in my DUI case. Thank you so much to all who was always there to help us, from start to finish. Highly recommend!
Charlena Valeria
Charlena Valeria
05:31 16 May 18
Jeffery Greco has the expertise to get you the best possible results and will dedicate himself to your case. I got a DUI and was very worried about loosing my license, and possibly my job. However, he made me feel confident that I was in good hands. My case was resolved weeks after, with the best result I could have hoped for. I never missed any work, he handled everything. Thank you!
Gabriela Quiles
Gabriela Quiles
01:23 11 May 18
He bestowed within me a new confidence and not once made me feel less than innocent. Even more so, he's reasonable and fair. If ever I find myself in trouble again, he's definitely my guns! You can't go wrong.
Lenore Boswell
Lenore Boswell
07:26 07 May 18
I am very pleased to shout out that Jeffery Greco is New York's best. He was firm straight to the point and the paralegal was great. Thank you all!!!
Jamie Jennings
Jamie Jennings
07:38 04 May 18
I recently had to make use of Jeffrey's professional help and he was impressive from start to finish. I was considering of leaving the country to avoid facing consequences after being pulled over and charged with DUI for alcohol but he was brutally honest and not the type to fool around. He doesn't take it lightly. He was very professional and the outcome was better than expected. I would refer anyone who gets into trouble to him and his team they are great!
Ashley Thomas
Ashley Thomas
06:36 03 May 18
I recently had to make use of Jeffrey's professional help and he was impressive from start to finish. I was considering of leaving the country to avoid facing consequences after being pulled over and charged with DUI for alcohol. He was brutally honest and not the type to fool around. He doesn't take it lightly. He was very professional and the outcome was better than expected. I would refer anyone who gets into trouble to him and his team they are great!
Helena Reynes
Helena Reynes
03:12 30 Apr 18
He is the most knowledgeable, dauntless and down to earth defense attorney in California! His skills include listening thoughtfully and answering tough questions sincerely and precisely. Thumbs up for doing a great job on getting a very good result in my DUI case. He is both client-based and results-based.
Moss Fairley
Moss Fairley
06:12 25 Apr 18
Don't waste your freedom and fund on money shark attorneys who take no personal pride in your case. Greco Neyland is a great lawyer who is responsible enough to guide and care for you. He understands and is very knowledgeable and confident in what he does, and he delivers excellent results. Now that I'm through it all, he's the only attorney I would refer a friend or family member to. Thank you again.
Caithlin Hewey
Caithlin Hewey
00:33 18 Apr 18
Best help you could ever get! Very professional, follow up with you, and never turn you down. Jeff totally comprehends how dealing with the legal system can be distressing and handles each case individually while treating you compassionately and personally. Thank you so much for everything!
Chloe Davies
Chloe Davies
01:56 16 Apr 18
Jeff Greco has been extremely helpful on a number of questions because I had no prior knowledge to anything related to the law and he walked me through every step. . He is really good at what he does with years of experience and knowing how to use the system to his best advantage and know how both side work. Thank you Jeff Greco from myself and my family.
Patricia Lopez
Patricia Lopez
02:40 02 Apr 18
Lawyer Jeff Greco is a great trial lawyer. Many defense lawyers don’t look to take cases to trial, but Mr. Greco does. He was relentless in my defense and very aggressive. It was the perfect strategy for the situation, and I couldn’t have asked for more from my lawyer.
Mauro C
Mauro C
03:09 27 Mar 18
I didn’t have a big case or major situation for Jeff to handle, but many questions about a small criminal matter. He took the time to speak with me over the phone and even meet in person to help with my situation. Eventually he helped to convince the ADA to throw out the charges. Thanks Jeff for taking on something much smaller than your normal cases - and thanks for making me feel just as important as your big case clients.
Margaret Shanely
Margaret Shanely
07:11 23 Mar 18
I contacted Greco Neyland with questions about my assault case, and was quickly happy with what I heard from Jeff Greco. Mr. Greco is intelligent, responsive, and aware of criminal law in New York. He provided legal advice that was easy to understand and straightforward. Throughout my entire case he never left me out in the dark and constantly provided updates on my case. I’d give Mr. Greco my highest recommendation as NYC defense lawyer.
Joyce Fills
Joyce Fills
10:06 15 Mar 18
I felt like Jeff Greco really took care of me and he was concerned with the outcome of my case. He was very detailed - he asked a lot of questions about what happened before and after my arrest in NYC and a lot of other  things. I hope I never go through a criminal case again. I would recommend Jeff Greco to anyone of my friends.
James Reiner
James Reiner
03:43 12 Mar 18
I hired Jeff Greco during one of the most difficult times of my life. The nightmare started when I was arrested on drug charges in NYC. I had nowhere to turn for help but prosecutors offered a deal and my attorney at the time was pushing to end the case and take the deal. I started calling lawyers all over New York City, but talking with Mr. Greco on the phone was the first time I felt really comfortable. Hiring Jeff Greco, was a great decision and I likely wouldn’t have received the good outcome in my case without him.
Richard Harris
Richard Harris
02:45 06 Mar 18
I had a lot of cost concerns hiring a private defense attorney. I worried about taking a part-time job to cover the expenses and dreaded that first bill for my defense, but with Jeff Greco I didn’t need to worry. The lawyers I worked with were constantly aware of my cost limitations and keeping the expenses as reasonable as possible, He is not cheap...but he made it work for us in our situation. Plus, everyone I spoke to in the office was willing to answer my questions or send an email. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer during a difficult time in my life.
Erica Rogers
Erica Rogers
08:32 02 Mar 18
Jeff Greco is a NYC lawyer that understands the importance of communication and a fast response. As a client, the last thing I want is to spend days or a week waiting to hear from my lawyer. Jeff Greco called me immediately and gave me his cell phone. He took my calls when I needed to be calmed down or if I had pressing questions.  All of my questions were answered and I never felt forgotten or neglected. I knew Jeff was on top of my defense at all times!
Richard Rutledge
Richard Rutledge
05:43 26 Feb 18
Top notch lawyer! The reviews for Jeff Greco said 5 stars and a 10.0 - I know why now. I hired Jeff to go to trial on a DWI and drug case b/c my other lawyer didn’t think I should go to trial. When I hired Jeff the first thing he said when I told him I wanted to go to trial was - “Great. When is the trial date?  Let’s do this.” He was actually glad to see I was willing to fight the charges. I am a med student so this was critical for me to be exonerated. Jeff went to trial and destroyed the arresting officer on cross examination. The jury deliberated 9 minutes and found me not guilty of BOTH the DWI & the drug case. I never doubted Jeff Greco’s commitment to my case or his willingness to fight for a good outcome - this verdict just proved I was right.
Cynthia Hewitt
Cynthia Hewitt
02:00 19 Feb 18
Last year, I was charged with domestic violence (all made up lies), and spent weeks trying to argue there wasn’t any truth to the accusations. I hired Jeff Greco because he was the first one who actually believed me. He not only convinced everyone involved that I was innocent, but gave me an opportunity to tell my side of the story. I’m still grateful for all of their help. I moved on with my life and I don’t have a criminal record either! Jeff got my case dismissed b/c he believed in me and showed the DA I didn’t do anything wrong.
Barbara Duval
Barbara Duval
02:23 15 Feb 18
Jeff Greco managed to achieve a great outcome in my husband’s criminal case. Before contacting the firm, we were incredibly worried about going to dealing with the prosecutors and going to trial – especially because the arraignment was overwhelming enough. But Jeff was confident from the start, and our family couldn’t be more grateful for his work. My husband has put this horrible chapter of his life behind him thanks to Jeff!
Avram Blackburn
Avram Blackburn
11:16 12 Feb 18
From the start, my experience with Jeff was professional, but personal. In handling my federal criminal case, Jeff used discretion and took confidentiality seriously. It really built trust in a complicated legal situation. It was the scariest time of my life, and Jeff was able to keep me out of prison. I owe him more than words can describe!
Josh White
Josh White
02:02 10 Feb 18
At first I thought my arrest for DWI wasn’t a big deal, but my DWI case escalated because of separate charges for reckless driving and refusing a breathalyzer test. Just before my court hearing, I knew I needed an attorney – fast! Jeff Greco was quick to help explain the DWI process, put together a defense, and explain everything along the way.
Sophie lancaster
Sophie lancaster
05:46 17 Jan 18
When I was charged with a federal case - I thought the world was slipping away. I was referred to Greco Neyland by a friend and was cautiously guided through my case and what to expect. Jeff was calm throughout and this went a long way.
Renah Katsil
Renah Katsil
16:08 17 Dec 17
The best of the best!!!! I had bad blood with neighbors that lasted many years, which led to me being accused of vandalizing their car. I have no criminal history at all by the way. i found out that i had to turn myself in, so before i did i called up Jeff Greco late at night. he returned my phone call early the next morning and had a meeting. He got in touch with the detective and got me a DAT. I didn't have to step one foot in a jail cell for something i never did. throughout the course of the case his team was excellent. i couldn't of asked for anything more . During the case i was being accused again of vandalizing their car on two other occasions, which led to more adjournments. Anytime i was worried about something that had to do with the case, Jeff was there, he was straight didn't sugar coat anything and was persistent. I finally got an ACD pretty quickly considering the false accusations and I owe it all to Greco and his team of amazing lawyers. He made me feel protected and well defended during a not so wonderful time in my life.
Sofia Carbonera
Sofia Carbonera
19:32 08 Dec 17
Mr. Jeff Greco has complete understanding of law, high standard of ethics and honesty, and communication. I highly recommend GRECO NEYLAND!
Boris Pekhman
Boris Pekhman
14:49 20 Nov 17
Jeff Greco is a wonderful attorney! He took my case and worked it very hard, he also supported me so much, explaining to me the details. He did exactly what he promised. The case didn't go to trial. Thank you Jeff!!!I strongly recomend this highly professional, wonderful attorney!
Ant V
Ant V
19:04 17 Sep 17
I'm just going to start this review by saying Jeff Greco is amazing attorney. I have absolutely no complaints about the service he provided me. He was knowledgeable, available at all times and very understanding. I can tell Jeff Greco actually cared about me and the situation I was going through. He seemed well connected and respected in the court system community and got my case dropped from a DWI charge to a violation very swiftly. I was going through financial problems, he not once pressured me about payments. Again not only is he an Amazing attorney but also an AMAZING human being. I would recondmend Mr. Jeff Greco to anyone! -Anthony Vargas
Jose
Jose
03:56 04 Sep 17
I was facing 20 years to life for a federal conspiracy case. Jeff push for a speedy trail the goverment came down to ten years it being is one time deal offer then came down to three years and finally a week before trial try to change my trial date. Jeff wrote a letter apposing this adjourment which the judge apposed. Two weeks later jeff walk me out from jail with time served. Till this day i can text him and he will answer me jeff is like a friend that i owe my life to. From my experience being in federal jail most attorney wont fight for you because the federal govement is unbeatable the only thing he ask for was for the truth which i did tell him and he took it from there . Thank you jeff
Kelvin Camilo
Kelvin Camilo
18:33 16 Aug 17
first offense for me and i was super nervous. i called multiple attorneys and the first thing they would ask was if you knew my fee. From the moment i spoke to Jeff Greco he made me feel like we were friends and I made a mistake and not to worry he has my back. Jeff was available at all times and when ever I texted he was prompt, no matter how many questions I had, which happened to be a lot. He got my case dismissed and made sure I was comfortable the whole time I time he was defending me. I would definitely recommend Jeffrey Greco.
salvador reyes
salvador reyes
23:57 08 May 17
Very amazing people! Jeff Greco took my case, and made me feel confident from the very first time I met him looked me rite in the eyes and told me everything would be okay. Was with me every step of the way communication was always open was even given his personal cell phone and he was available night and day... Goes without saying that I am very pleased with the service Mr. Greco and his team gave me... Would recommend to anyone 100%... Thank you so much you helped me and my family!
Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
01:19 08 May 17
2 years ago I was charged with a crime "cash smuggling " I made the mistake of not reporting the amount of cash I was taking out of the USA . Prior to that I've never committed a crime , not even a traffic ticket on my record. So you can imagine what I felt that day that I was arrested. I've never been in a trial before , I didn't know who to call, I didn't know any lawyers in this type of case. Thank God my sister in law worked in a attorneys office so she ask her boss (attorney) if she knew somebody GOOD In this type of cases. Her boss automatically said he needs somebody with power and with a good record -MR. Jeffery L. Greco (Jeff) . Having Jeff by my side was the Best decision I've made in my life. The level of professionalism and caring of this man is Amazing . I've always heard that lawyers are just interesting in the money , it wasn't the case with "Jeff " he wanted me free, he wanted me to keep my job and enjoyed the freedom with my family . He kept money to the side , he worked with me, with my situation , and he was never intimidated by the Judge. I can not stress enough how he treated me through out the entire case, so much respect . I don't know much lawyers, but He is the one you want to defend you. I didn't step a foot in jail, i was able to keep my job, and now I'm enjoying freedom. Jeff and I still text each other here and there , is like we're family , i consider him my friend. I owed my life to this man, best attorney ever. Jose L Cabrera .
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  Client faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years' incarceration, we were able to secure a sentence of 1 day in jail. 

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  Client rejected all plea offers. After the trial concluded, the jury needed only 2 hours to ACQUIT client of all felony charges, and even the criminal mischief charge as well. 

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After preparing this case for a JURY TRIAL, the DA's office finally offered a reduced charge  and gave my client a no-jail sentence of probation. 

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  Client faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years' incarceration, we were able to secure a sentence of 1 day in jail. 

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  Client rejected all plea offers. After the trial concluded, the jury needed only 2 hours to ACQUIT client of all felony charges, and even the criminal mischief charge as well. 

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  We were able to convince the Manhattan DA's office to dismiss the case without any ACD at all. The case was dismissed and sealed immediately. 

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