You Need An Attorney To Defend You Against Violent Crime Charges
Being convicted of any violent crime can have a serious impact on a person’s life. Violent felony convictions can make you a “violent predicate” for sentencing purposes in the future, subjecting you to additional sentencing time if you’re ever convicted of another felony.
In fact, even seemingly meaningless altercations such as a bar fight can carry jail time depending upon the circumstances. Because of the potentially severe consequences, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to minimize the penalties.
At the Law Office of Michael A. Schillinger, Esq., I take an aggressive approach to defending my clients against all types of violent criminal charges, including domestic assault. If you have been charged with any type of violent crime, it is important to speak with me as soon as possible. Witnesses and evidence can be lost or become unavailable over time. You also want an attorney to represent you during any pre-trial matters, especially interrogations or line-ups, to ensure your rights are protected.
Serious Penalties For Violent Crime Charges
Some of the penalties can include the following:
- A criminal record that will stick with you for the rest of your life, which may have a negative impact on your job or career
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Being expelled from a university or losing financial aid for your education
- Potential immigration consequences, including removal, regardless of whether or not you are here as a legal permanent resident or undocumented
- Forfeiture of some of your assets, including your money or vehicle recovered during the alleged crime
- Expensive fines and court fees
- Long periods of incarceration or probation
Do not take these charges lightly. Fight aggressively to make sure you avoid jail time and other serious consequences.
Common Violent Crime Charges
There are numerous violent crime charges that include:
- Assault in the third degree – A class “A” misdemeanor, carrying a sentence of up to a year in jail or three years probation
- Assault in the second degree – A class “D” violent felony, carrying more jail time than assault in the third degree
- Assault in the first degree – A class “B” violent felony, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of five years incarceration followed by 2 ½ years of post-release supervision, even with no previous criminal record
- Other violent crimes – Including menacing, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, gang assault and many others.
I will work with you to find any errors in the arrest and discuss whether it’s possible to plea to a lesser charge or seek a dismissal. I serve clients throughout New York and Long Island.