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’s 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 violence charges. If you have been charged with any type of violent crime, it’s important to speak with me as soon as possible. Witnesses and evidence can be lost or become unavailable over time. You also want an experienced defense attorney to represent you during any pre-trial matters, especially interrogations or line-ups, to ensure that 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 Charges for Violent Crimes
There are numerous violent criminal 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, which carries a minimum of two (2) years in prison
- 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 for someone who has no previous criminal record.
- Other violent crimes – Including menacing, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, gang assault and many others.
Contact An Assault Attorney in Islip Today
Call me today so that we can begin discussing the facts of your case and working on your defense. Getting ahead of the case can be critical in any criminal defense case. I offer free consultations, so there’s no financial risk in discussing your options. Call me today or fill out the online contact form.