Violent Crimes

New York Violent Crimes Lawyers

Defending Against Violent Crime Charges in New York

Violent crimes are among the most serious accusations a person can get, as offenses involving physical injury against another person carry some of the harshest legal punishments in the criminal justice system altogether. As such, you can not afford to take the risk of handling your charges alone. When your freedom, future, and reputation are on the line, you need to retain aggressive, diligent attorneys right away.

At Hamilton Clarke, LLP, our New York violent crime attorneys formulate custom defense strategies tailored to our client's individual cases because we understand that no two situations are exactly alike; therefore our defense strategies shouldn’t be, either. With over 10,000 cases handled, our team has the experience, knowledge, and resources required to help get your violent crime charges minimized or dropped completely. We understand that you are in a high-stakes situation, which is why you can count on us to give your case the attention, priority, and diligence it needs and deserves.  


Types of Violent Crimes in New York

New York statutes recognize a host of violent offenses, all of which are punishable by jail time and fines, at the very least. No matter how extreme or complex your allegations are, our New York violent crime lawyers are thoroughly prepared to tackle them head-on and strategize a plan of action that can help you reach a favorable outcome.

Turn to our firm if you are facing charges for any of the violent offenses below:

Assault & related offenses 

  • Assault
  • Vehicular assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Reckless assault
  • Hazing
  • Menacing
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Stalking
  • Luring of a child

Strangulation & related offenses 

  • Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation
  • Strangulation
  • Aggravated strangulation

Homicide & related offenses

  • Homicide
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Aggravated criminally negligent homicide
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Aggravated manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Aggravated murder

What are Aggravating & Mitigating Factors in Violent Crime Cases?

Your violent crime charges and penalties, if convicted, will depend on the presence of aggravating or mitigating factors. Aggravating factors increase the severity or culpability of an act, while mitigating factors do the opposite. Either factor may influence a judge or jury’s decisions on how a defendant will be charged and penalized upon conviction; therefore it will benefit you to review the examples of aggravating and mitigating factors below:

Aggravating Factors

  • The violent crime was committed in the presence of a child
  • The victim was an employee of the US government
  • The crime was committed in exchange for something of value
  • The offense was committed with a deadly weapon
  • The defendant has a prior criminal record
  • The crime was committed with intent
  • The crime was committed as part of a criminal scheme/organized crime

Mitigating Factors

  • The defendant was a minor at the time of the alleged offense
  • The defendant had a poor mental capacity at the time of the offense
  • The crime was committed in self-defense
  • The defendant experienced a history of abuse
  • The defendant played a minor role in the offense
  • The defendant has no prior criminal record
  • The offense was committed in the “heat of passion”

Is Assault a Misdemeanor or Felony in NY?

Assault occurs when a person injures someone else without legal justification. Assault can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a Class B or D felony. The different levels of assault depend on several factors, including the severity of a victim’s injury, whether the defendant used a weapon or object to cause an injury, whether the defendant caused the injury while committing another crime, and (in some cases) whether a victim is provided special protection by New York law. This article deals solely with felony assault. Assault in the third degree is an A misdemeanor, meaning that it is punishable by up to one year in jail.

Protecting Your Rights in Violent Crime Cases

At Hamilton Clarke, LLP, our experienced team of New York violent crimes lawyers is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals facing violent crime charges. We understand the serious consequences that can result from a conviction, including lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record. That's why we are committed to providing aggressive and strategic defense representation to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.

When you choose us to handle your case, you can expect:

  • Thorough investigation: Our skilled attorneys will conduct a comprehensive investigation to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and uncover any inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
  • Strategic defense strategies: We will develop a customized defense strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of your case, leveraging our in-depth knowledge of New York criminal laws and precedents.
  • Strong courtroom advocacy: Our attorneys have extensive experience in the courtroom and are skilled at presenting compelling arguments, cross-examining witnesses, and challenging the prosecution's evidence.
  • Negotiation skills: We will explore all possible avenues for resolution, including plea negotiations, to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client-focused approach: Throughout the entire legal process, we will provide personalized attention, keeping you informed, answering your questions, and addressing your concerns.

Don't face violent crime charges alone. Contact Hamilton Clarke, LLP today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced New York violent crimes lawyers.

Contact Our Violent Crimes Attorneys in New York Today

Chances are, the prosecution is already building its case against you, meaning you must build your defense right away. The sooner you get started on your case, the better, as time is of the essence but not a luxury you have in these circumstances, unfortunately. Thus, allow our violent crime attorneys in NY to do the heavy lifting in your case and champion your best interests from start to finish.


Contact Hamilton Clarke, LLP, today to get started on your defense with our New York violent crimes lawyers.


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