Albany Violent Crimes Lawyers
Degrees of Assault in New York
Among the crimes most heavily prosecuted, few charges are as serious as those involving violence. While the consequences of harming another person are the most severe, threatening injury is also seriously prosecuted. If you were charged with a violent crime, you need help from aggressive Albany criminal defense attorneys who know how to use the law.
Violent crimes are defined as:
- First degree assault: Intent to cause serious injury, disfigurement, or death to another person. As a Class B felony, this crime includes a display of indifference to human life and could result in a prison sentence of up to 25 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Second degree assault: Causing injury to another person using a dangerous or deadly weapon, or causing injury to a government employee. This can also include drugging someone. This is considered a Class D felony, and those convicted could face up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Third degree assault: Causing injury to another person through negligence, recklessness, or with intent to cause harm. This is charged as a Class A misdemeanor and could result in up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Aggravated assault: This is the attempt to injure someone, whether through recklessness or depraved indifference to human life. Prison sentences and other consequences vary.
With prosecutors doing everything they can to keep you away from the public, O’Brien & Wood stands by your side to protect your future. With over 25 combined years of experience and numerous industry awards, we can help you tell your side of the story and obtain the best possible outcome for your situation.
Experienced NY Violent Crime Defense Legal Counsel
Many factors will influence the outcome of your case, such as whether or not you had or used a deadly weapon, the extent of the victim’s injuries, your mental state at the time of the alleged offense, and your criminal history. While you are to be presumed innocent until guilty, it is important to build a strong case in your favor.
These charges are extremely serious. You need to ensure you have a strong defense in order to tell your side of the story and protect yourself. O’Brien & Wood can go over the charges and evidence filed against you to check for errors made by law enforcement and prosecutors. Oftentimes, these details can prove crucial in obtaining a favorable outcome for your case. You do not and should not fight your charges alone. Contact our Albany violent crimes attorneys today to get started.