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Queens Assault Lawyer

Physical altercations may be precipitated for a variety reasons. However, in certain instances such actions might lead to an individual receiving assault charges. Assault is a serious crime that can have significant ramifications. New York City residents facing these legal allegations may benefit from the services of a Queens assault lawyer. This brief blog provides information about assault in New York State.

Assault Defined

Assault is defined as the act of physically attacking another person through some form of contact. However, the law also categorizes the offense as acting threateningly or displaying the intent to cause harm or inflict violence on someone else.

The Different Categories Of Assault

The law classifies varying degrees of assault. Certain classifications are labeled misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes that carry less stiffer penalties. Other classifications are considered felonies, which have the potential to carry significant fines and lengthy prison sentences of incarceration.

In New York, there are three degrees of assault, labeled assault in the third, second and first degree.

Third Degree Assault

This offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

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Third degree assault charges are often levied against individuals who inflict limited injury, did not use a weapon and the alleged victim is not a member of special protected category.

Second Degree Assault

This categorization falls under the pretense of a Class D felony.

Prosecutors are more likely to levy this charge against an individual who inflicted significant injuries upon the alleged victim (such as serious bodily pain that resulted in illness, chronic pain, disfigurement or placed said individual’s life and well-being at risk).

Prosecutors might also levy second degree assault charges against persons who used weapons in their alleged attack. The weapon does not necessarily have to be a knife or gun. Any object used that either inflicted bodily harm or possesses the potential to cause serious injury might yield second degree charges under New York State law.

Furthermore, should the purported victim fall into a specific category, second degree assault charges could be brought forth. Protected individuals include state or public officials such as law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel. Additionally, offenses against young people aged 11 and younger, as well as those 65 and older might yield this charge.

First Degree Assault

First degree assault is the most serious assault offense and is labeled as Class B felony.

This offense occurs when an individual inflicts serious bodily harm (permanent disability or disfigurement), commits such an act with no regard for the alleged victim’s health or safety, is proven to have engaged in the act with clear malicious, if not deadly intent, did so with a potentially deadly weapon or executed the act on someone representing a protected class.

Penalties For Assault

It is important to note that an adjudicating body (judge or jury) might consider specific factors before rendering a final punishment for someone convicted of an assault charge. Such provisions include:

*The individual in question’s past criminal record
*If the alleged perpetrator has any mental or emotional health issues
*The circumstances surrounding the offense
*If the offense was deemed a hate crime

That said, in New York State, there are minimum penalties for the varying degrees of assault charges. Assault in the Third degree could warrant up to a year in jail and a fine not exceeding $1,000. Second degree assault could result in a prison sentence lasting anywhere from three to seven years and fines of up to $5,000. First degree assault prison sentences range from three to 30 tears with fines not exceeding $5,000.

Benefit Of Retaining Counsel

Though assault charges are serious and may be difficult to defend, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to formulate an argument proving the incident in question was either not the accused’s fault or that the accused and alleged victim share responsibility for the debated events.

Arguably, the most common argument offered by defendants is that said individuals were protecting themselves, their property or the well-being of others. A criminal defense lawyer will attempt to formulate this argument (or any other possible defense) by executing actions such as speaking to witnesses, reviewing law enforcement reports, consulting with medical experts and investigating the crime scene.

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Innocent until proven guilty: that is the standard of law, and that is the standard your case should be held to if you find yourself thrown into the criminal justice system. Assault is a serious charge, and if you have been arrested on it then you should retain counsel.

Before you even think about making a statement or signing your name to anything you should speak with an attorney. Your arrest and the claim of assault against you may have been the result of a very intense and emotional experience. Such situations tend to go much further than either party intends. But that does not mean you inflicted intention bodily harm against another person, which is the legal definition of assault.

The person who has accused you has to prove their claim; the authorities who have taken up the case have to prove that you did wrong, that you broke the law. From the moment you are arrested, the police and prosecutorial system will begin to process and pursue the matter in a spirit that is the reverse of the constitutional principle under which we all live: they will assume you are guilty until you have shown otherwise. Tremendous pressure will be brought on you to admit to something you have not done.

The people trying to get you convicted of assault will couch their questions and suggestions in soft and beguiling language. You will be asked to cooperate with the investigation, you will be told that it is better for you to confess your crime in exchange for a lighter sentence, you will be told that they have proof of what you did, making your continued defiance futile; indeed, you will be told all kinds of things.

But here is the point—the one salient fact that they will not emphasize: you actually do have the right to remain silent. The officers who have arrested you made you aware of your rights as a matter of routine. However, the Miranda warnings are not mere hollow words that offices must speak when arresting a suspect. They refer to rights that are designed to protect you from the very thing the prosecutors are trying to do.

You do not have to turn in evidence against yourself. You do not have to say anything that will implicate you in the crime you have been accused of. There is nothing that the authorities can do about it. Your best move is to remain silent until you can speak to an attorney.

Speaking to a criminal lawyer is the first step toward defending yourself against the charge. You can tell the entire story to your attorney, which will give them a general picture of how the events that led to the arrest unfolded. Your attorney will be able to look at the same evidence that the prosecutors have, but will do so through your perspective and interpret what is found in a way that is likely to result in a favorable outcome for you.

It is much harder than you might think to prove an assault charge. The police and prosecutors may sound as though their case is locked and that your conviction is inevitable. But that is simply not true. Working with an attorney will allow you to challenge evidence, present other facts, and make an argument that refutes the one submitted by your accuser.

An assault conviction can carry a heavy sentence and fine. There is also the fact that you will have it on your record once you have been released. You must do your utmost to fight it. Working with an attorney can help you do so effectively.

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