914-224-3086


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New York Assault Defense Lawyers


New York Assault Defense Lawyers


Mayo Bartlett is an Assault Lawyer who has the experience and dedication that  you or your loved one needs on their side when facing assault charges.  He is a former Westchester County prosecutor who served more than 10 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in White Plains New York and was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer.  He has also been a criminal defense attorney since 2003, and he has a thorough understanding of police procedure from years spent working with officers and detectives throughout Westchester County, Putnam County, New York City and the Hudson Valley. 

He has handled thousands of criminal cases, and most important, he has handled hundreds, if not thousands of assault cases.  Mayo has successfully reduced the many violent felony charges to misdemeanors, or had them dismissed entirely.  He has obtained a verdict of not guilty for a variety of violent charges that would have resulted in sentences of decades, and sometimes life in prison.


Mayo Bartlett has extensive experience in Westchester County Criminal Courts,  and he is familiar with every aspect of handling Assaults, Domestic Violence and other felony cases from arraignment and bail applications, through motion practice, discovery and trial.  Our criminal defense team works frequently with private investigators and forensic experts to provide you with the best defense.


New York Assault Cases


Assault is an extremely serious allegation. The punishments for these crimes in New York can mean years, or decades in prison.  If you or a loved one is facing Assault charges, choosing an attorney to defend your case is one of the most important — if not the most important — decisions you will ever have to make. It is absolutely critical that you retain the services of an aggressive, highly experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record as soon as you possibly can.



Assault is defined in New York Penal Law 120. 


Assault in the Third Degree found in New York Penal Law 120.00 and is a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison.  You may be charged with Assault in the Third Degree-Class if you do the following:

1. Intentionally cause a physical injury to another person; or 
2. Recklessly cause a physical injury to another person; or 
3. With criminal negligence cause a physical injury to another with a deadly weapon or a                               dangerous instrument.


Assault in the Second Degree is found under New York Penal Law 120.05 and is a Class D Felony which carries a sentence of up to seven years.  You may be charged with Assault in the Second Degree if you do the following:


1. Intentionally cause a serious physical injury to another person, or

2. Intentionally or Recklessly cause physical injury to another person with a deadly weapon or a         dangerous instrument; or

3. Intentionally prevent a police officer or firefighter, or a paramedic or traffic officer from                    performing a lawful duty, by releasing or failing to control an animal for obstructing lawful;              or

4. Intentionally cause unconsciousness or other physical impairment or injury to another person          by administering without their consent, a drug or

5. Cause physical injury to a person while committing or fleeing the commission of a felony,

6. Being over eighteen years old and intentionally cause a physical injury or recklessly cause                  serious physical injury to someone less than eleven years old, or

7. Being over eighteen years old intentionally cause physical injury to a person less than seven              years old

8. Cause injury on school grounds to a school employee

9. Injure one of several kinds of public employees including transportation workers.

10. Intentionally cause physical injury to a person who is sixty-five years or older, (Except if the             defendant is less than 10 years younger)


Assault in the First Degree is found under New York Penal Law 120.10 and is a Class B Felony which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.  You may be charged with Assault in the First Degree if you do the following:


1. Intentionally cause a serious physical injury to another person, with a deadly weapon or a                  dangerous instrument; or

2. Intentionally cause disfigurement to  another person, or

3. Under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, recklessly engage in                 conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person, and cause serious physical                   injury to another person; or

4. In the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempted commission of a felony or         of immediate flight therefrom, you cause, or another participant causes serious physical injury         to a person.


Gang Assault in the Second Degree is found under New York Penal Law 120.06 and is a Class C felony and carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.  You may be charged with Gang Assault in the Second Degree if you intentionally cause physical injury to another person and when aided by two or more people.


Gang Assault in the First Degree is found under New York Penal Law 120.07 and is a Class B Felony and carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.  You may be charged with Gang Assault in the First Degree if you intentionally cause a serious physical injury to another person and when aided by two or more other people.


If you have prior felony convictions, you may face a higher sentence.


There are other assault charges under Penal Law 120 if you assault police officers, peace officers, children, day care providers, judges, and certain public employees.  You may also be charged with Vehicular Assault if you use a motor vehicle to cause physical injury to another person.


It should also be noted that many assault cases result in the court issuing  an Order of Protection restricting contact between the person charged, and their family.  Sometimes a person is prevented from contacting their children, even when the children were not victims, and were not even present during the incident which triggers the criminal charges.  Violating the order of protection is very serious, and may result in charges of Criminal Contempt which may result in jail time.

Mayo appears almost every week on a legal panel featured on Richard French Live which is available on WRNN and Verizon Fios.  The show is taped live every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. and airs throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, including the five boroughs of New York City.

With offices located in the Westchester Financial Center which is one block from the White Plains Train Station and bus depot, and two blocks from the Westchester County Court, our criminal defense team handles felonies in Federal Court, as well as New York State Courts in New York City, Westchester County, including Ardsley, White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Elmsford, Valhalla, Eastchester, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Peekskill, Mount Pleasant, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale, Harrison, Mount Vernon, Pelham, Port Chester, Bedford, Mount Kisco, Yorktown, Cortlandt, Croton on Hudson, Somers, Nyack, Brewster, Southeast, New Castle, North Castle, Lewisboro, South Salem, North Salem, Putnam Valley, Ossining, Briarcliff, Hastings, Irvington, Pleasantville, Larchmont, Tuckahoe, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Ulster County and throughout the Hudson Valley.


If you or someone you know is facing allegations of Assault, don’t hesitate.  Contact our Assault Attorneys now to begin the fight to keep your freedom.

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Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC
Westchester Financial Center 
50 Main Street
Suite 1000
White Plains, New York 10606

Phone: 914-224-3086
Fax: 914-468-6333
Email: mgb@mayobartlett.com

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