When it comes to felony assault charges, it is important that a criminal defense attorney starts working on the case as soon as possible. A private investigator should be hired immediately in order to determine what actually happened at the scene of the crime and to find witnesses before they are contacted by the prosecutor's office. Once witnesses have been in contact with the state prosecutor, they often no longer want to talk to the defense attorney. This is why it is critical to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an altercation that may lead to a felony assault charge. If you or a loved one have been charged with felony assault in New York, contact Manhattan criminal defense attorney Paul J. Petrus, Jr. at 212-564-2440 or through his website to arrange your free consultation.