Assault charges fall under one of two categories: simple or aggravated. Most often,aggravated assault offenses are charged as a felony and more heavily penalized due to their serious nature. Simple assault occurs when an individual knowingly or willingly attempts to bring physical harm or physically harms another individual. Any type of assault charge or conviction is a serious matter, and will require immediate legal attention.

Usually, simple assault is charged as a misdemeanor. However, if teamed with other offenses of violent crimes or domestic violence, your offense may be charged as a felony. Because each case is unique, you will need to speak with a qualified Long Island assault attorney who can shed light on your situation.

Without legal representation, you could be facing serious repercussions. Criminal penalties could include extensive court fines and a possible jail or prison sentence. Additionally, a permanent criminal record could make it difficult to qualify for educational scholarships, loans, or jobs.

Depending on the following factors, you may be charged with aggravated assault:

  • Were there weapons involved?
  • What was the degree of the injury?
  • What was the status of the victim?
  • Where did the assault take place?
  • What was the intent of the perpetrator?