Assault in the First Degree with Knife dismissed after long court battle
Client was waiting at a busy intersection when he got into a verbal argument
with another driver who approached our client when our client allegedly
took out a knife and stabbed the other driver causing serious injuries
that required surgery. We fought back on the grounds of self-defense.
Self defense, in New York, is an affirmative defense meaning that you
must prove that you properly applied self defense given the circumstances
that unfolded. This can be done by calling witnesses to testify on your
behalf, entering medical records into evidence, or by otherwise proving
that you were justified in self defense. In this case, we were completely
confident in our self defense strategy and we prepared it carefully and
we refused any plea bargain. The case was ultimately dismissed.