9 Frequently Asked Assault Questions

Have you or a loved one been charged with assault in Buffalo? Check out these 9 frequently asked assault questions, then give us a call today.

1) What are the Degrees of Assault?

  • 9 Frequently Asked Assault QuestionsAssault has 3 different levels, which range from a felony to a misdemeanor
  • Assault first and second are both felonies and assault 3rd if a misdemeanor

2) What Should I Do if I was Charged with Assault?

  • Cooperate with the police but do not provide them with any information
  • Call an attorney before your arraignment so they can deal with your bail

3) What is Assault in the First Degree?

  • Assault in the first degree occurs when one person uses a dangerous weapon or instrument to intentionally cause serious physical injury to another.
  • This Class C felony is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
  • As someone accused of a serious, violent felony, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney in Buffalo to represent you.

4) What is Assault in the Second Degree?

  • Assault in the second degree is a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in a state prison.
  • Someone charged with assault in the second degree has committed misdemeanor assault, but their charge has been aggravated to a felony because a weapon was used.

5) What is Assault in the Third Degree?

  • Clients charged with assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, are suspected of having committed a criminal offense.
  • Conviction of assault in the third degree will place a criminal conviction on your record.
  • Assault in the third degree involves physical assault of another person, causing physical injury without that person’s consent.
  • One subsection of assault in the third degree, reckless assault, is similar to negligence in that you displayed disregard in a reckless way, but differs because there was no intent to cause physical injury.
  • In Buffalo, assault in the third degree is a serious offense and requires assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

6) What is Assault on a Police Officer?

  • Assaulting a police officer, peace officer, emergency medical technician, or any medical emergency services provider, is considered felony assault.
  • If you are charged with such an assault, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal attorney to defend you.
  • This type of assault is considered a Class C felony, and you could be sentenced to as long as 15 years in a state penitentiary.

7) What is Vehicular Assault?

  • In New York State, vehicular assault is a criminal offense.
  • The charge of vehicular assault is brought when a vehicle causes serious physical injury to another person while the driver is intoxicated by alcohol, or under the influence of and impaired by drugs.
  • This is a serious offense. It is a felony for which an offender can be sentenced to state prison if convicted.
  • It is important that, if arrested in Buffalo, you contact an experienced criminal lawyer who focuses on DWI and criminal defense.

8) What is Vehicular Assault in the First Degree?

  • Vehicular assault in the first degree is more serious than simple vehicular assault.
  • It is a felony that is aggravated if the driver is under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol reading of .18 or higher when a vehicular assault causes a serious physical injury.

9) What is Gang Assault in the Second Degree?

  • Gang assault in the second degree is a serious, violent Class C felony.
  • If convicted, a person could be sentenced to up to 15 years in a state penitentiary.
  • Gang assault occurs when two or more people intentionally cause someone to suffer a serious physical injury.

Were you or your loved one arrested and charged with assault? After reading these 9 frequently asked assault questions, contact our experienced and dedicated Buffalo Assault Lawyer Arthur Pressman to fight for you and your rights.

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