What Are the Penalties for an Assault Charge in New Jersey?

Assault is one of the most common criminal charges in New Jersey. Unfortunately, having such a charge on your record can drastically affect your life. Our firm is ready to help fight those charges. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey criminal defense attorney to learn more about these charges and how we can assist you in combatting them. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process ahead:

What are the potential penalties for a simple assault charge in New Jersey?

You may be charged with simple assault if you are found to have allegedly attempted to cause intentional or reckless bodily injury to another person. You may also face a simple assault charge if you negligently caused bodily injury to an individual with a deadly weapon (i.e. a firearm), or if you threatened someone with imminent serious bodily injury. The consequences of a simple assault charge include up to six months and jail and a $1,000 fine. This charge is a disorderly persons offense, which is a misdemeanor.

What are the penalties for aggravated assault in New Jersey?

Aggravated assault is when someone either recklessly causes bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon, or attempts to. Aggravated assault is also when someone carelessly points a firearm at another person. For this charge, you may face between 18 months-10 years in jail/prison, as well as high fines.

Can an attorney help me fight an assault charge?

Fortunately, with the right attorney at your side, there are a variety of avenues an individual can take when it comes to fighting assault charges. Though the route we take will depend on the circumstances of your individual case, one of the most common defenses against assault charges is stating self-defense. If we can prove that you were simply defending yourself against an individual who was assaulting you or your property, or that you were trying to help another person who was the victim of an assault, there is a chance you may walk away scot-free. If you have any further questions or if you are currently facing any other pressing legal issues, you must speak with our seasoned Red Bank criminal defense attorney today. Our firm is ready to assist you.

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