Client was not the attacker but the real victim

Recently, the criminal defense lawyers of our firm secured a dismissal of an Assault in the Third Degree criminal charge that was pending against our client in the Town of Pelham Justice Court.

While our client had been charged with assaulting and causing substantial injuries to another individual after a brief verbal dispute, the reality was that the client had been the victim and acted solely in self defense. However, in the face of alleged eye witnesses who told the police that the client was the attacker, and who also happened to be friends of the attacker, our client was arrested and charged with Assault in the Third Degree, a class "A" misdemeanor crime. If convicted of Assault in the Third Degree, a person faces up to one year in jail or three years probation. Such a conviction and sentence would have been devastating to our client who was an accomplished professional and business owner in Westchester County.

The criminal defense lawyers of our firm quickly and aggressively pursued vindication for our client and were ultimately successful in convincing the Westchester County prosecutor that our client was the victim and not the aggressor. As a result, the prosecutor agreed to a dismissal of the Assault in the Third Degree criminal charges.

Unfortunately, in assault cases involving self defense, it is not uncommon for a victim to be arrested and charged with Assault. This could be the result of faulty or biased eye witnesses (such as friends of the attacker trying to protect the attacker) or because of an incomplete or poor police investigation.

In situations such as these, it not only necessary, but extremely vital for an individual erroneously charged with Assault to retain an aggressive and thorough Westchester County criminal defense lawyer to protect their rights and interests. As a continuing commitment to our clients we offer free consultations. If you have been charged with Assault in the Third Degree or any other crime, please call us at (914) 840-5104 or contact us online at