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How Protass Law PLLC Works for You

Attorney Harlan Protass has helped many New Yorkers defend themselves against violent accusations. We are understands that sometimes an individual is caught up in the moment or an unfortunate misunderstanding has suddenly upended you whole life.

We want to hear your story and help you get back to your life.

Potential Defenses for Violent Crimes

Your violent crimes attorney will be responsible for defending you in court. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. Therefore, your lawyer will need to introduce that doubt to the judge and jury.

Depending on the circumstances, we may assert such defenses as:

  • Lack of intent
  • Self-defense
  • Mistake of fact
  • Mistaken identity
  • Lack of mental capacity

We’ll be prepared with witnesses, photographs, video footage, the analysis of appropriate experts, and other evidence that supports your defense strategy. In doing so, you may be able to obtain the acquittal you need to move on with your life.

Misdemeanor Violent Crimes in New York

Misdemeanor violent crimes have lighter penalties than felony crimes, but the consequences may still be severe. You could be incarcerated, pay steep fines, and subjected to a lifetime criminal record.

Some New York misdemeanor violent crimes you could be charged with include:

  • Forced sexual touching
  • Third-degree assault
  • Sexual abuse in the third degree
  • Stalking
  • Reckless endangerment

Misdemeanor Penalties

Misdemeanor charges have penalties according to their respective categories: Class A, Class B, and unclassified.

Class A misdemeanors are the most severe. They carry fines of up to $1,000 and a maximum jail term of 364 days.

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by a $500 fine and up to three months in jail.

Unclassified misdemeanors often carry their own, unique penalties.

New York State Felony Violent Crimes

Felony violent crimes carry some of the most severe consequences of all New York State crimes, including:

  • Manslaughter
  • Aggravated assault
  • Attempted aggravated assault
  • Attempted murder
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Fraud
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment

Felony Incarceration

Felonies like many acts of violence are classified into one of six different categories: Class A-1, Class A-2, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E.

Class E felonies have lighter penalties, and Class A-1 felony penalties are extremely harsh. The maximum penalties for a Class E felony are up to four years in prison. Class A-1 felony convictions have a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Additional Penalties for Felony Convictions

A prison term is only one part of most felony convictions. There are others, including:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Community service
  • Completion of a substance abuse rehabilitation program

Collateral Penalties

Once you are released, you could be stuck dealing with the consequences of your conviction for the rest of your life. Some of the other ways your life could be affected if you are convicted of a violent crime include:

  • Damage to your professional reputation
  • Troubled relationships with family and friends
  • Inability to find gainful employment
  • Inability to find safe or affordable housing
  • Being known as a convicted felon
  • Immigration or citizenship issues

New York Violent Crime FAQ

Q. Can’t I Use a Public Defender?

A. You have the right to a strong defense, and a public defender is an option. However, most public defenders are far too busy. They have so many cases that they cannot devote the necessary time and resources for your defense. Now is the time to hire a private criminal defense lawyer who does have the time and resources to give your defense the attention you deserve.

Q. Can a Juvenile Be Charged With a Violent Crime?

A. Children ages thirteen to fifteen who are charged with felony violent crimes in New York can be charged as adults and face the same harsh penalties.

However, children under the age of 16 who are convicted of violent crimes will have their record reflect juvenile offender adjudication as opposed to a traditional criminal record upon their release. If your child has been accused of a violent crime, call a criminal justice lawyer for help defending them in court.

Q. Should I make a Statement to the Police

A. Never make a statement without a lawyer present. If you are suspects of a violent crime, it may be tempting to try and explain the situation, But it’s not wise. Police officers will lie, manipulate, and use your words against you, especially if they are trying to clear a violent crime. Your best option is to decline answering angering any questions and reach out to an experienced lawyer.

Contact a Violent Crime Attorney in New York

Are you facing violent crime charges? It is imperative that you present a powerful defense if you hope to clear your name and avoid devastating penalties.

An aggressive and accomplished New York violent crime attorney at Protass Law PLLC is ready to help with customized defense strategies designed for the best possible outcome.

Call (212) 455-0335 or fill out our contact form for a free, confidential consultation.