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What is Assault in the First Degree?

Assault in the First Degree is a Class B Felony in New York, and is charged when prosecutors believe they can prove one of the following:

  • You intended to cause serious injury to someone, and did so with a dangerous or deadly weapon
  • You intended to seriously disfigure someone permanently, and caused injury to do so
  • You showed a “depraved indifference to human life” and engaged in reckless conduct that caused serious injury to someone, or
  • In the course of committing or fleeing a felony crime, you or an accomplice seriously injured someone.

Assault in the First Degree is a very serious charge, and is often charged along with other alleged crimes, meaning that your freedom is in significant jeopardy.

If you’ve been charged with Assault in the First Degree in Queens, call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.