Assault Defense Attorney in Poughkeepsie

Any criminal charge involving assault is serious, and the stakes are that much higher when assault with a deadly weapon is charged. Assault with a deadly weapon can result in a felony conviction, which can carry a lengthy prison sentence and result in a permanent felony criminal record. It is important to protect your rights and your future by getting experienced legal help to defend against these serious charges.

I am Glenn R. Bruno, Esq., an assault defense lawyer in Poughkeepsie with more than 20 years of legal experience. I have dedicated my professional career to serving the needs of people throughout the Hudson Valley. Call 845-206-4501 locally, toll free 888-324-0551 or, if you prefer, you can send me an e-mail to schedule a free in-office or telephone consultation.

Skilled Defense in All Types of Assault Cases

I provide a skilled defense against all violent crimes and assault charges stemming from all types of situations, including assault charges such as the following:

  • Assault in the third degree: In order to be convicted of assault in the third degree, the prosecution must prove that you caused physical injury to another person, intentionally or recklessly, or with criminal negligence and by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. This crime is a class A misdemeanor, and it can result in jail time and/or probation, up to $1,000 in fines, other court fees and restitution.
  • Assault in the second degree: This is a common type of assault charge that I see in my practice. In order to convict a defendant of this crime, the prosecution can rely on any one of the 15 definitions of this crime in the New York Penal Law. For example, intentionally injuring another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument can result in a conviction for assault in the second degree. This crime is a class D violent felony. A conviction will result in a mandatory state prison sentence.
  • Assault in the first degree: There are four separate definitions of assault in the first degree under the New York Penal Law. For example, you can be convicted of assault in the first degree if the prosecution is able to prove that you intended to cause serious physical injury to another person and you caused such injury by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous weapon. Conviction under any one of the definitions of this crime will result in a class B violent felony, which will result in a mandatory state prison sentence.
  • Gang assault in the second degree: To be convicted of gang assault in the second degree, the prosecution must prove that you intended to cause physical injury to another person and you caused serious physical injury with the aid of two or more persons who were actually present. This crime is a class C violent felony, and conviction will result in a mandatory state prison sentence.
  • Gang assault in the first degree: To be convicted of gang assault in the first degree, the prosecution must prove that you intended to cause serious physical injury to another person and you caused serious physical injury with the aid of two or more persons who were actually present. This crime is a class B violent felony, and conviction will result in a mandatory state prison sentence.

A conviction for an assault charge follows you for the rest of your life, impacting your ability to find steady employment or housing. In addition, felony convictions for assault in the second or first degree carry mandatory prison terms in New York, even if you have never been arrested before. With this much at stake, it is essential that you get the quality and skilled legal defense you need from an experienced attorney.

Contact a Hudson Valley Assault Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with felony assault or another crime of violence, you should get skilled legal help right away. Contact me, a Poughkeepsie assault defense attorney, online or call toll free at 888-324-0551 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. If your busy schedule requires an evening appointment, that can be arranged.