Fight Assault Charges in New York with Help from a Skilled Defense Attorney
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There are several types of assault under the New York penal code — and none should be taken lightly. A conviction of assault can affect your personal and professional life. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Tacopina & Seigel can defend your rights and protect your future and your freedom. In addition to having extensive experience defending clients across the state, founding NYC attorney Joseph Tacopina is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® — an award that signifies his exemplary skill and dedication to the field of criminal law.
Assault and battery lawyers in NYC defend you against a variety of charges
Whether you face charges for assault, vehicular assault or sexual assault, you cannot afford to proceed without the help of an experienced New York assault attorney. All of these crimes carry heavy penalties that can deprive you of your freedom for a lengthy period of time. The trusted lawyers at Tacopina & Seigel have defended clients against many types of assault charges including those listed below:
Defending against assault charges in NYC
It is integral to your case that the New York criminal defense lawyer you hire have a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and the issues that frequently arise when defending against assault charges. Tacopina & Seigel has considerable experience handling the following aspects related to assault charges in NYC:
- Pleading requirements: In New York, the term “assault” is a general reference to a laundry list of violations of the New York penal law that involve the intentional infliction of physical harm on a human being. These violations range from misdemeanors to serious felonies punishable by substantial fines and lengthy periods of imprisonment. Depending on the precise violation you are charged with, the prosecution will be required to plead and prove specific elements of that violation. Generally, all assault-related offenses require that the defendant intend to cause physical harm to another and actually cause such physical harm. Set forth below are several of the more common assault-type violations and the elements that must be pleaded and proven by the prosecution:
- Assault in the third degree (N.Y. P.L. 120.00): This crime is sometimes referred to as simple assault, and occurs any time a defendant intentionally, and without justification, causes injury to another person. In New York, a defendant can also be charged with assault in the third degree if the defendant engages in unintentional but criminally negligent behavior that results in injury to another person. Assault in the third degree is a misdemeanor.
- Vehicular assault (N.Y. P.L. 120.03 thru120.04-a): Vehicular assault is a type of assault wherein the injury was caused by a motor vehicle. There are degrees of vehicular assault in New York including second-degree vehicular assault, first-degree vehicular assault and aggravated vehicular assault — and they are all felonies.
- Issues with discovery: In assault cases, important discoverable materials usually consist of police reports, victim statements, other witness statements and injury reports from doctors or emergency department staff. If the assault was captured by a camera, then video surveillance tapes will be a key piece of evidence.
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Clients who require experienced and trustworthy criminal defense lawyers choose the Law Offices of Tacopina & Seigel Call today at 212-227-8877 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a highly qualified attorney at the firm.