Yao Zhou and Jack Zaiback pulled their cars onto the shoulder of Staten Island’s West Shore Expressway to settle a dispute that may have begun on the highway. Highway Patrolman Gerald Sheehan’s car-mounted camera spotted the two men rolling on the ground. Sheehan separated them, seizing a sushi knife from Zhou in the process. Zhou was accused of slashing Zaiback across his face, head and body, resulting in Zaiback receiving approximately 100 stitches. Zaiback retaliated with his fists, opening a cut over Zhou’s eye. It is not known whether of not Zhou had an attorney but it is clear that he is in need of a NY Criminal Lawyer.
Both men were taken to Richmond County Criminal Court where they each pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault charges. Zhou’s bail was set at $20,000 while a judge released Zaiback with no bail set.
It is imperative if you or anyone close to you find yourself in a situation similar to this to hire a competent New York Criminal Lawyer well versed in the criminal laws of the New York City and Long Island.
The firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates and its New York Crime Lawyers and convenient locations in the New York Metropolitan Area including East Harlem, N.Y.C., can be very helpful to you if you find yourself a defendant in a criminal prosecution. Facing charges alone could lead to disastrous results.