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Assault Crimes under New York Penal Law

By Brian D. Perskin & Associates, P.C.  Feb. 21, 2012 4:05p

In New York State, the crime of assault is defined under Section 120 of the New York State Penal Code. These crimes can range from third degree assault to first degree assault. Assault crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on how severely the victim is injured and what type of weapon was used, if any. Third-degree assault, often charged in domestic violence situations, is charged as a misdemeanor. It involves intent to inflict physical injury which results in physical injury.

Under the New York State Penal Code, the crime of assault requires an injury. In other states, the intent to cause harm is often called assault. In New York, however, threatening to injure someone without actual physical contact is a Menacing charge. Assault in the first degree, which is the most serious charge, includes intent to cause serious injury, disfigurement, organ destruction, amputation, permanent disability, or grave risk of death to someone which results in serious injury. This type of assault is charged as a felony. Other types of assault include reckless assault of a child, vehicular assault, gang assault, assault of a police officer or emergency worker, reckless endangerment, hazing, and menacing.

Charged with assault? Talk to a New York Criminal Lawyer

If you are facing an assault charge in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, or Long Island, you can rely on the law firm of Brian D. Perskin & Associates for aggressive and capable legal help. The firm’s legal team has more than 40 years of combined experience in criminal law and trial work. A New York criminal attorney at the firm can evaluate your case, advise you on what needs to be done, and move forward with a strategic defense plan on your behalf.

In any criminal matter, such as an assault charge, you may be facing potential incarceration as well as heavy fines and other penalties. Having a committed and skilled New York criminal attorney managing your case is your best defense against the harsh consequences of such charges.

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