Albany Assault And Battery Defense Attorneys
Trust Our Experienced Former Prosecutors To Defend Your Rights
Assault is a serious crime in New York, and if you’ve been charged with Assault, you’ll need good advice from smart attorneys. Patituce & Associates former prosecutors have helped hundreds of people charged with assault in the Albany area, and know how to navigate the sometimes confusing aspects of defending against assault charges.
It’s a tricky area of law because charges often stem from fights that break out in public places, like a bar, where there are witnesses who often only saw part of the altercation. It’s important that your legal counsel understands that police often don’t investigate assaults thoroughly, and district attorneys often file charges in these cases based on incomplete witness statements. Our firm is committed to fully investigating these charges, and will re-interview witnesses and look for additional evidence as we build our case to support you.
Our attorneys can defend you against Assault charges in Albany, whether you’ve been charged with:
- Third-Degree Assault. Technically a misdemeanor, Third Degree Assault can still carry a penalty of a year in jail and expensive fines.
- Second-Degree Assault. A Class D felony, Second Degree Assault is charged where a weapon was used and/or where the intent was to cause “serious physical injury,” as defined by the law. Conviction can result in a 7 year sentence.
- First-Degree Assault. A Class B felony, First Degree Assault is charged when in cases of serious, permanent, disfiguring injuries or amputation, and can lead to a 25 year prison sentence in New York. First Degree Assault may also be charged when injury is caused in the commission of another felony or when fleeing a felony.
In addition, there are various factors that may impact the severity of the charge. For instance, a “hate crime” designation (where a person is assaulted because of their race, sexual orientation, or religion) will increase the potential penalty.
Further complicating the situation is the fact that many of our clients were in a position of defending themselves or loved ones when the assault occurred, but bystanders only witnessed events after they became physical, so the circumstances that began the event aren’t immediately brought to the attention of the police.
Protect Your Freedom
When charged with assault in Albany, it’s important to work with attorneys who can make clear to the court the limitations of witness testimony and who know how to catalogue and document any injuries that you or your loved ones sustained in self-defense. Our attorneys have many years of experience in presenting forceful, clear defenses in assault cases in Albany, and will do everything in our power to ensure the best outcome in your case.
If you’ve been charged with any kind of assault in Albany, call 518-300-1331 today for a free, no-pressure consultation. We are Criminal Defense Attorneys specializing in protecting the rights and freedoms of our clients, and we can help you.