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Robbery, Assault, and Battery

When faced with a violent crime charge, you need a trial-ready Buffalo criminal lawyer with experience and an aggressive defense strategy. If charged with a violent crime, you could be facing years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime. Here is some information on robbery, assault, and battery. Contact our office for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team will use the facts of your case to plan a defense that highlights the most important aspects of your situation.

Robbery, Assault, and Battery | Robbery

Robbery is defined as the use of force to illegally obtain someone else’s property. There are different degrees to a robbery charge, all with different penalties. For example, if you are charged with Robbery in the First Degree, then you are being charged with a class B violent felony. This is a serious offense, and it can carry a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison. Robbery in the First Degree is the act of stealing with a violent weapon, such as holding up a gas station store clerk at gunpoint.

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Robbery, Assault, and Battery | Assault

The severity of an assault charge depends on how serious the injuries are and can be compounded if a weapon was used or if the assault occurred against a police officer. Assault in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor. The person who caused the harm had the intent to cause physical injury to another person and, through their actions, does cause such injury. Assault is punishable by up to one year in jail, which is why it is important to hire a knowledgeable Buffalo assault and battery lawyer. Examples of assault in the third degree include punching someone to cause a black eye or pushing someone down to cause a bruise. Assault in the first degree, like robbery, would involve use of a violent weapon.

Robbery, Assault, and Battery | Battery

Assault — or battery — in the second degree is a Class D violent felony. Assault in the second degree carries a mandatory minimum of two years in state prison and a maximum of seven years. It is dire to have an aggressive Buffalo assault and battery lawyer on your side.  Examples of assault in the second degree include:

  • Punching someone and breaking their finger
  • An injury that causes someone to receive several stitches

Assault in the first degree is a Class B violent felony. This charge requires that intent of the other two degrees of assault is present, except that the intent to cause serious physical injury to the other person is carried out with the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Assault in the first degree carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison with a maximum of 30 years.  It is important to have a Buffalo assault and battery lawyer on your side. Examples of assault in the first degree include:

  • Stabbing someone in the chest with a knife to cause serious internal injury
  • Shooting someone causing serious, but not fatal, injury

If you are charged with assault, you need a tough Buffalo assault and battery lawyer. Contact Buffalo assault and battery lawyer Arthur L. Pressman at (716) 200-4625 or online. For your convenience our office is on the subway line.  Buffalo assault and battery lawyer Arthur Pressman offers a free initial phone consultation seven days a week.

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