Dutchess County Assault Attorney

Defense for Assault Charges in NY

New York considers any sort of injury inflicted upon someone else without “legal justification” to be the crime of assault. Depending on the harm dealt to the assault victim and a few other contributing factors, assault can constitute either a high level misdemeanor or a felony. In any situation, the consequences upon conviction can include lengthy incarceration, high fines, and a variety of other potential legal penalties.

If you are accused of assault, you need to be aware that investigators and prosecutors are probably already working in conjunction to build a strong case against you. Do not hand them such a useful time advantage! Take action yourself by getting the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC and our Dutchess County criminal defense attorneys as your legal representatives for in and out of court.

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Factors That Escalate Assault Charges

An assault charge can escalate to a felony or a higher class felony if:

  • Victim is seriously injured: The base of most assault charges depends on how the victim was injured in the alleged attack. Suffering a personal injury is not the same as suffering a “serious physical injury” in the definitions of New York law. A serious injury is any harm that did or could feasibly cause death, disfigurement, sensory loss, or organ damage.
  • Suspect acts intentionally: The intent of the suspect plays a key role in deciding the assault charge. Someone who hurts another person severely due to their recklessness or carelessness might not be charged with assault at all. To defeat your charges, it might be useful to consider how you can show the judge or jury you had no intent to hurt the apparent victim.
  • Deadly weapon is used: Attempting to hurt someone with bare hands is not the same thing as trying to cause harm with a dangerous or deadly weapon. The introduction of a firearm, knife, blunt instrument, or toxic chemical can escalate an assault charge to assault with a deadly weapon.

Are any of these aforementioned situations pertinent to your arrest and assault charges? You might be facing higher charges than you first anticipated. Get the help of a violent crimes defense lawyer on your side right away.

You Deserve Trusted & Experienced Defense Counsel

For a felony assault charge, you could be incarcerated in a state prison for up to 25 years! With so much on the line, you cannot afford to gamble your future on an inexperienced or impersonal counselor or law firm. Choose our Dutchess County criminal defense lawyers and rest soundly in knowing an entire team has your back. Our track record for success sets us apart and our white-glove service for each client brings people through our doors again and again.

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