Misdemeanor Assault

Assault might commonly be understood as “beating up” somebody, but it can be triggered by intentionally wreaking relatively modest physical injury on someone. In order to make out a crime, in New York, the level of physical injury does have to meet a threshold level, but that level is not massive. Generally, a defense of self-defense or justification is available to someone who otherwise committed the crime of assault, but did so in his own defense or in the defense of another, or in certain cases, in the defense of property. Misdemeanor assault is usually called assault in the third degree.