Charged with Assault in New York
If you have been charged with assault, you may be feeling worried. Assault in New York is a misdemeanor and can leave you with a criminal record. This is a charge that you may want to contact an attorney to help you get through this.
In the state of New York, you can be charged with assault if you have been in a fight or because you were a victim and fought back. Yours might be a case involving self-defense or a domestic violence incident where there was no violence at all. It might even be a violation of a court-imposed order of protection.
Charged with a Misdemeanor
If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor such as assault in New York, you may also be charged with disorderly conduct, which is a violation and not a crime. Very often, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and criminal defense attorneys use disorderly person or disorderly conduct to end your case without leaving you with a criminal record. You still might receive a sentence of community service or have to pay a fine, but you need to know that disorderly conduct is not a crime in the state of New York.
Desk Appearance Ticket
If you’ve been charged with a crime in the city of New York and a police officer or detective gave you a desk appearance ticket (which we call a DAT), it’s actually a notice to appear in court where you can be charged with marijuana possession, assault, or even criminal mischief. An officer may give you a desk appearance ticket for any of a series of different charges. If you have received a DAT for assault, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for a consultation because, at some point, you’re going to have to appear in front of a judge, and you should never do that by yourself.
If you have been charged with assault in New York and need dependable representation, contact our criminal defense attorneys in our New York City office. Let our experience work for you.