Assault and battery are usually charged together. Civil assault (as opposed to criminal assault) describes actions leading up to physical contact; battery is any contact that occurs. If you threaten a person or take a swing at him or her but fail to connect, that is assault. Once you make physical contact — even a light push or bump — you can be charged with battery as well.
At Aidala Bertuna & Kamins PC, we use every defense in the book, and have even come up with some of our own, to protect clients from the excesses and the unfairness of assault laws. Give us a call today to talk about your unique case. You can reach us at 212-486-0011. From offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, we serve clients throughout the New York City area.
Types Of Assault Charges
Most assault charges stem from one of these incidents:
- A fight within the family or household (domestic assault)
- Unwanted or forced sexual contact (sexual assault)
- An altercation in a barroom or other public place
- Fighting between groups, like gangs
Assault is upgraded to aggravated assault when the other person feels seriously endangered. Assault with a deadly weapon is another serious category, in which the deadly weapon can be almost anything.
Criminal Defense For New Yorkers Charged With Assault
Conviction for an assault can be very damaging. A common defense is casting doubt on what actually happened. Often the apparent loser in a fight is assumed to be the victim, when in fact he or she may have started it. Sometimes the action of violence was in self-defense, or there may have been no intention to cause harm.
For criminal defense rooted in a passion for your constitutional rights, call the Manhattan or Brooklyn offices of Aidala Bertuna & Kamins PC. You can also describe your assault charges for our lawyers in an email.