It sounds like you have been charged with assault in the third degree under Penal Law 120.00. A person is guilty of assault in the third degree when: 1. With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person; or 2. He recklessly causes physical injury to another person; or 3. With criminal negligence, he causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument. Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor which for an adult is punishable by up to one year in jail, 3 years probation and/or $1,000.00 fine plus a mandatory surcharge and DNA Databank fee but can often times get reduced to a non-criminal offense or even adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. . However, please note that prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. I strongly urge you to exercise your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney .
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Ernest A. Ryberg, Esq.
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If you recevied a Desk Appearance Ticket, you were likely charged with Assault 3, a Class A misdemeanor. I suggest that you retain an attorney immediately so the attorney can subpoena the surveillance recordings before they get erased. It sounds like very important evidence in your case and I would not rely on the police having made a copy. I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense so please feel free to check out my web site and contact me if you wish to retain counsel.
Based on the facts contained in your narrative there may a basis for a self-defense/justification defense as it appears your intent was to defend your child and yourself. I recommend you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney in advance of your court date. Its important that you get out in front of this and avoid a criminal record.
Should you wish to dicuss this further, please feel free to contact me at anytime.