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Haddon Heights is safer than nearly 80% of cities in the United States. However, the historic neighborhood that Helmer Legal’s main office has called home since 1994 is not without its share of violent crime. Just this year there have been approximately five reports of violent crimes, and four reports of assault in the area.
An assault conviction carries steep immediate penalties and devastating long-term consequences to your freedom, employment and future. Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. knows the potential consequences and fights hard to protect your rights. We are an aggressive criminal defense law firm located in Haddon Heights that includes NJ Supreme Court certified as criminal trial attorneys on our team.
Assault is classified as simple or aggravated, depending upon the facts, with aggravated assault being the more serious. Many states charge assault and battery as two separate crimes. However, New Jersey law considers battery a form of assault. Simple assault may take several different forms, including:
Aggravated assault is more serious and carries heavier penalties. To convict for aggravated assault, the state must prove that you caused serious bodily injury and:
To convict you of assault, the prosecution must prove each element beyond a reasonable doubt. Our defense team aggressively weakens the prosecution’s case, often by refuting the frame of mind element. The prosecution must show that you acted:
Simple assault is a misdemeanor that carries up to six months in prison. Aggravated assault may be charged as a:
If appropriate our firm may seek reduced charges from aggravated assault to simple assault or to a lower degree crime. This tactic allows you to avoid or reduce your jail sentence when the prosecution has sufficient evidence against you.
Even if the prosecution proves that you committed an assault, you may have a valid defense for your conduct, which may result in an acquittal or the reduction of the charges or penalties. We review your case for such defenses as:
Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. is an experienced criminal defense firm with an aggressive team of assault defense lawyers. Call our Haddon Heights office at 856-547-7888 or contact us online.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.