Being accused of committing a felony offense is a scary predicament, no matter what police allege you have done. Furthermore, conviction on felony charges carries a series of consequences, some of which follow a person for their entire life. For one young New York man, no conviction has yet been obtained, but he has been charged with felony assault.
Recently, law enforcement officers arrested an 18-year-old man on allegations of assault. Supposedly, the accused teenager broke a man's jaw in two different places in the course of a fight. He has been charged with a second-degree assault, a felony charge under the New York criminal code. Following his arraignment, the young man was released without bail and waits for possible action from a grand jury.
The charge stems from a fight that reportedly took place a little over a week before he was arrest. The victim, 19 years of age, was transferred to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse from a local facility. Since that time, there have been no updates on his condition.
Because this is a felony charge, the accused teen potentially has a very long journey ahead of him. To complicate matters, the exact circumstances behind the fight that took place could have an effect on the outcome of the criminal trial. Though no clear details of the incident were included in initial reports, the motivations behind the confrontation could play a role in determining exactly how the man's representatives approach his defense.
As is the case in other felony cases, if the young man is convicted, he could face challenges seeking employment for the rest of his life. This is one reason why is will be important for all the relevant facts of the case to be scrutinized during the course of subsequent investigations or the criminal trial.
Source: Watertown Daily Times, "Adams Center man facing felony assault charge," April 27, 2012