Albany Assault Lawyers
Fighting for the Rights of Accused Assault Offenders in New York
An assault charge can be a very serious matter. Not only can be charged as a misdemeanor but the offense may also be charged as a felony in certain circumstances. If you are facing an assault charge, it is important to contact an Albany assault lawyer as soon as possible. The Kindlon Law Firm, PLLC can help you fight the charges against you and protect your rights.
Our Albany assault attorneys can help you fight your charges. Call us today at (518) 444-4428 or contact us online.
What Is Assault in New York?
Assault is the act of intentionally putting another person in fear of imminent harmful or offensive contact. Assault is a broad term that covers a wide range of behaviors. New York has several categories of assault that are defined by the type of behavior involved. For example, simple assault is the least serious type of assault and involves only offensive touching. On the other end of the spectrum is assault resulting in a bruise or laceration or a serious injury.
Here's an overview of the degrees of assault crimes in New York:
- First-Degree Assault: This is the most severe degree of assault and involves intentionally causing serious physical injury to another person using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. It also includes cases where the intent is to disfigure or disable the victim permanently. First-degree assault is a Class B violent felony.
- Second-Degree Assault: This degree of assault encompasses various scenarios, including intentionally causing serious physical injury to another person, recklessly causing serious injury using a deadly weapon, or intentionally injuring a police officer, firefighter, or other specified individuals. It also includes instances where the perpetrator administers drugs to a victim without consent, causing serious physical injury. Second-degree assault is a Class D violent felony.
- Third-Degree Assault: This degree of assault involves intentionally or recklessly causing physical injury to another person, or negligently causing injury with a weapon. It also includes instances where the perpetrator causes injury to certain specified individuals, such as police officers, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, or school employees, while they are performing their duties.
Assault Penalties in New York
Third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 1 year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Second-degree assault is a Class D felony, which carries a prison sentence between 3 and 7 years.
First-degree assault is a Class B felony, punishable by imprisonment between 3 and 25 years.
Get the Defense You Need
If you are facing assault charges, it is important to speak with an Albany assault lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced Albany assault lawyer can help you fight the charges against you and protect your rights. At The Kindlon Law Firm, PLLC, our Albany assault attorneys have handled hundreds of criminal cases, so we know what it takes to obtain the most favorable outcome.
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