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Dedicated Rochester Assault And Battery Attorney

Last updated on July 8, 2024

The effects of an assault and battery conviction can be far-reaching, and getting a dedicated lawyer early in the case can help boost your defense.

For more than 15 years, James Egan Law has represented clients charged with violent crimes, including assault and battery, in Rochester, New York. As a former prosecutor, he understands how to build a strong defense strategy to challenge the prosecution’s evidence.

What Is Battery?

In New York, there is no specific charge of “battery” under state law. Instead, similar actions are typically addressed under assault laws, which cover a range of offenses involving harm to another person.

What Is Assault?

Assault is legally defined as intentionally causing physical harm or injury to another person or putting someone in fear of imminent physical harm through threatening behavior. Assault does not always require physical contact. The mere threat of harm is sufficient for an assault charge.

What Are The Classes Of Assault In New York?

In New York, assault is categorized into three main classes:

  • Assault in the third degree: A Class A misdemeanor involving intentional or reckless physical injury to another person, causing substantial pain or impairment.
  • Assault in the second degree: A Class D felony where serious physical injury is intentionally caused or injury is caused with a deadly weapon or during the commission of another felony.
  • Assault in the first degree: A Class B felony involving serious physical injury caused intentionally with a deadly weapon, with depraved indifference to human life or during the commission of certain serious crimes.

These classifications determine the severity of charges and potential penalties individuals may face under New York law.

Penalties For Assault And Battery

If convicted for assault and battery in New York, the penalties can include:

  • Assault in the third degree (Class A misdemeanor): Up to one year in jail and/or a fine
  • Assault in the second degree (Class D felony): Up to seven years in prison and/or a fine
  • Assault in the first degree (Class B felony): Up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine

As your attorney, James will work through the evidence to construct a compelling defense tailored to your case’s specifics, aiming to mitigate charges or seek a favorable outcome.

Get In Touch Today

Call 585-510-5101 or send him an email today to schedule your free consultation. Protect your future with an aggressive, focused defense.