Do Not Let Assault Charges Destroy Your Future
In most cases, assault arises from a simple argument or misunderstanding. Sometimes alcohol and stress lead to violent altercations. You don’t need to be a hardened criminal or have a sinister plot of some kind to be charged with assault in New York. Although most assaults happen as a result of a moment of passion rather than a premeditated plan, the penalties are still quite severe. You should not let a single out-of-character mistake destroy your life and your future prospects.
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First-Degree And Second-Degree Assault
At the most basic level, first-degree and second-degree assault are separated by the degree to which the victim was injured by the assault. Generally, second-degree assault only requires that the person suffered a physical injury or a serious physical injury, whereas first-degree assault charges usually involve disfigurement, loss of a body part, etc. It is important to note that this is not the only distinction between first-degree and second-degree assault, and it is not always the factor separating the two. For example, you could be charged with first-degree assault even if the victim only suffered a serious physical injury if the crime also included the use of a deadly weapon.
- First-degree assault penalties: First-degree assault is charged as a Class B felony in New York, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and up to 25 years imprisonment.
- Second-degree assault penalties: For second-degree assault, you could face the same $5,000 fine and up to seven years of prison time.
Clearly, assault is a serious crime that carries serious criminal penalties. Make sure you that you mount the strongest defense possible to avoid the damage that a conviction could have on your life and your future.