What You Need to Know About Assault Charges in New York

New York state recognizes several forms of assault crimes, and the penalties carry significant consequences. If you are facing charges for assault in the first, second, or third degree, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that your freedom and future are protected going forward. It is worth taking a closer look at the three major types of assault crimes in New York and what you should do if you or someone you love is facing such charges.

Felony Assault Charges

Generally, assault in the first and second degree are both charged as felony crimes. Assault is defined as any act that intentionally harms another person or causes them to fear that they are in danger of being harmed. First degree assault is the most severe form of assault, wherein someone intentionally or recklessly inflicts harm upon another person using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument that results in disfigurement, dismemberment, or other such injury. Assault in the first degree is considered a Class B felony, which carries a prison sentence between 5 to 25 years. There are several forms of second degree assault, which generally involve the intentional or reckless infliction of harm to another person. Considered a Class D felony, a conviction for assault in the second degree may result in a 2 to 7 year prison sentence.

Misdemeanor Assault Charges

Offenses that meet the legal requirements of assault in the third degree may be considered Class A misdemeanors, which means that they carry less severe criminal penalties. Third degree assault involves instances in which someone causes intentional harm to someone else or, through extreme negligence or recklessness, causes harm to another. If convicted, you could face up to one year in jail or three years of probation. You may also be required to pay a $1,000 fine.

Protect Your Future Today

Assault crimes are taken seriously in New York state, so it is imperative that you reach out to a trusted criminal defense lawyer as soon as you learn of your charges. Your attorney will work with you to assess the details of your case and determine the best path forward. Do not delay any longer—the sooner you contact an attorney, the more time you will have to strategize and plan for the future.


If you are facing assault charges in New York City, you need reliable and effective legal representation you can trust. Call the Law Office of Adrienne D. Edward, P.C. at (347) 997-3811 today to get started.