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What are the different categories of rape in New York?

Sexual assault and accusations of rape in its varying forms are cropping up regularly today. In New York and across the country more and more people - both men and women - are sharing their stories of being victims. While rape is a terrible crime, accusations against a person do not automatically imply guilt. Given the harsh penalties that can result from a criminal conviction after a rape charge, it is crucial to lodge a strong defense. Part of that is understanding the various laws and degrees under which rape is categorized.

What is aggravated assault and its penalties?

For New Yorkers who are arrested and charged with assault, there will be an inevitable fear that they might end up being convicted and sent to jail. Assault can be a serious charge, but it is important to understand that the circumstances will largely dictate the level of penalties. For example, some forms of allegations involving assault will result in an aggravated assault charge. Having a grasp on the law and how to face the charges is an important part of formulating a strong and viable defense.

What are the different degrees of assault?

Intentionally causing someone a physical injury is prohibited in New York as in the rest of the country. Known as assault, the key ingredient to the crime is the intent to cause the injury. There are various degrees to the crime of assault, depending on the use of deadly weapons, the mens rea of the person accused of committing the crime and the seriousness of the injury. Therefore, for first and some second degree assault offenses, there must be the specific intent to cause serious physical injury to the alleged victim.

Accused murder accomplice found and arrested

A person who is facing the possibility of serious criminal charges is in a bad predicament. Not only could the accused endure harsh penalties if he or she is convicted, but they could also suffer hardships impacting his or her personal and professional life. Because allegations of a violent crime could carry with it some consequences, it is important that accused offenders take time to understand the defense options available to them.

Understanding the factors involved with aggravated assault

While emotions can sometimes get the best of us, when it comes to assault charges, there are various factors that could elevate this criminal charge. No matter the cause or intent of the matter, when an individual in New York or elsewhere faces allegations of aggravated assault, this is likely to mean harsher penalties and consequences for this violent crime. Because an elevated charge could greatly impact a defendant, it is imperative that they understand how an assault charge is raised to this offense as well as defense options available.

Five suspects arrested following assault and robbery in Brooklyn

As a previous post in this blog discussed, charges related to theft could result in serious penalties. If a criminal charge is raised to an armed robbery charge because a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the suspected crime, the accused could face harsh consequences.

Understanding the serious penalties for armed robbery

The accusation of theft can be serious. In fact, individuals in New York that are suspected of the unlawful taking of property could face serious penalties. Even more so, the accused offender could face even more severe consequences if they are charged with armed robbery. Unlike theft, armed robbery requires the application of threat or force, which causes this criminal charge to carry with it serious penalties, usually because the offender used a gun or a knife.

What are the penalties for a domestic offender owning a firearm?

As a previous post highlighted, a domestic dispute could result in criminal charges. A person accused of domestic violence can face serious penalties. In addition, the defendant could lose the ability to sped time with the other party involved in the dispute as well as any children involved. Whether this is a family member, spouse or a significant other, a violent change such as a domestic dispute charge could carry serious penalties. In addition, a person convicted can face harsher penalties if the person is found in possession with a firearm.

Asserting a criminal defense against domestic violence charges

Being accused of committing a crime against a family member or a love done is not an easy situation to be in. It is likely very complex and heated with many emotions. Nonetheless, a domestic violence charge can carry serious consequences against an accused offender. The sensitivity and nature of this criminal charge might make it difficult to navigate and work through, but this doesn't mean a defendant should not take assertive steps to initiate a criminal defense action.

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