New York City Third-Degree Assault Lawyers Arthur Lebedin and Russ Kofman Explains What Constitutes Assault in the Third Degree
New York City third-degree assault lawyers Arthur Lebedin and Russ Kofman release a new article (https://www.lebedinkofman.com/practice-areas/criminal-defense/assault-in-the-third-degree/) explaining what constitutes assault in the third degree in New York. The lawyers mention in their article that a third-degree assault may be considered a misdemeanor, but that does not mean that it is not a serious charge. A conviction for assault in the third degree can still impact a person’s life significantly.
“The elements of third-degree assault are enumerated in New York Penal Code § 120.00. The statute provides that an offense is committed when a person causes physical injury to another. Physical injury is defined as impairing the physical condition of someone else or causing them substantial pain,” the article from the New York City third-degree assault lawyers says.
Attorney Arthur Lebedin explains that there are three ways that an assault in the third degree may be committed in New York. The first one is intentional assault, meaning that the person acted with intent to cause injury to the other person. The second one is reckless assault, meaning that the person recklessly caused physical injury to another. And lastly, with criminal negligence. Assault with criminal negligence means that the person causes injury to another by using deadly weapons or dangerous instruments.
Defense attorney Russ Kofman adds that dangerous instruments are any items that when handled in the manner used in the assaultive offense may cause serious injury or death. When a person acts with criminal negligence, they are putting others at risk of physical injury without perceiving that risk.
In the article, the lawyers mention that third-degree assault is the lowest of New York’s three levels of assault. Second-degree is considered more serious, and the first degree is regarded as the most severe. But, a conviction for a third-degree assault is still very serious.
According to attorney Lebedin, “If you are convicted of the offense, that information will appear on your criminal record. Thus, anytime a potential employer, landlord, or curious individual wants to check up on your history, they will see that you were found guilty of assault. That could cause them to make swift and adverse judgments about you. Therefore, you could be feeling the effects of the conviction long after you completed your sentence.”
Lastly, attorney Kofman emphasizes the importance of having a skilled lawyer when facing charges for a third-degree assault. An experienced lawyer may be able to help the defendant understand their rights and protect their freedom.
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