Menacing A Police Officer Defense Attorney
There are few charges more dangerous in Buffalo than allegations that you threatened or assaulted an authority figure like a police officer.
Under New York Penal Law Section 120.18, you are charged with Menacing a Police Officer when you, according to the allegation, intentionally:
● place or attempt to place a police officer in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury, or death
● by displaying a weapon, including a firearm (whether or not it is loaded or operable), a knife, or any other type of deadly weapon.
● where such officer was performing official duties and the defendant knew, or should have known, that the victim was a police officer.
Menacing a Police Officer is a difficult charge to defend because you can expect that the police and prosecutors will be highly motivated to convict you.
There are personal relationships at stake in these types of prosecutions, as well as philosophical concerns about the rule of law.
It’s certainly the case that police sometimes use a menacing charge to try to bury allegations of excessive force and brutality.
Your future depends on getting the right legal support to protect you. Menacing a Police Officer is a Class D Felony with a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison.
Call the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer right away at 716-542-5444 for a free consultation with an experience Buffalo criminal defense attorney.