Are you facing assault charges in New Jersey? Like other jurisdictions, New Jersey considers assault to be a violent crime. If you are arrested and charged with any level of assault, it is crucial that you retain experienced legal counsel to represent you.
At the Ocean County Law Office of DiFrancia & Price, P.C., our office has assisted a number of clients facing either simple assault or aggravated assault charges. One of our attorneys is a former New York City police officer, whose past experience is beneficial in preparing criminal defense matters.
There are a number of nuances in the law when it comes to defending assault charges. It will be necessary to determine the nature of your charges. An arrest for simple assault carries far less prospective penalties than an aggravated assault charge. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers will investigate the circumstances of your arrest and explain any prospective consequences.
Ocean County Assault Attorneys
The law regarding assault charges is found in the New Jersey statutes at NJSA 2C:12-1. The statute states that an individual can be guilty of simple assault in these circumstances:
- When he or she attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
- When he or she negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
- When he or she attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
Simple assault may be considered a disorderly persons offense. However, if the assault involved a fight or scuffle of mutual consent, it is considered a petty disorderly persons offense.
You could face simple assault charges for a bar fight or an altercation at a sporting event. A simple assault charge can be upgraded to aggravated assault charges in the event there are substantial bodily injuries.