Have you ever gotten into a verbal fight that escalated into a physical fight? Or have you ever threatened to fight someone? In both situations and many others, you may face charges of assault in New York.
Assault does not have to be a physical fight; it can also be a threat or attempt to inflict physical harm on someone else. You can get prosecuted even if you made some threatening gestures, without the actual intent to harm the other person. In New York, assault can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of harm to the victim, the characteristics of the victim such as their age, gender, and physical makeup, and whether or not you used a weapon during the assault.
According to New York Penal Law Article 120, if you are charged with assault, you can face penalties of fines up to $5,000 and jail time of up to 30 years. Moreover, if you are a non-citizen of the United States, an assault charge will carry collateral consequences, negatively impact your immigration status. For example, if you are charged with felonious assault, the United States Customs and Immigration Service might act to deport you back to your country.
For these reasons, you need an experienced attorney to evaluate your case and assist you in getting the best outcome. If you are in the unfortunate situation of being charged with an assault, contact me immediately! I will carefully evaluate your case. I will fight your assault charges and get you the best possible outcome. Please schedule a free initial consultation today!