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In New Jersey, facing assault and battery charges can be an extremely serious matter. If you were accused of these types of crimes, an experienced New Jersey assault lawyer can provide you with the skilled criminal defense you need. Contact Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. today for a consultation.
While some states’ criminal laws treat assault and battery as separate offenses, in New Jersey, battery is considered a form of assault under Section 2C:12-1 of the Code of Criminal Justice. This law states:
Simple assault. A person is guilty of assault if he . . . purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or . . . [n]egligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. . . .
Aggravated assault is a serious crime. Penalties range from probation to ten years in prison (often with 8 ½ years required before parole). The aggravating factor, such as use of weapons or attacks on law enforcement, increases penalties. Aggravated assault charges in New Jersey include:
In most cases, simple assault is classified as a disorderly persons’ offense carrying up to six months’ jail time, a fine of up to $1,000 and the possibility of restitution. Aggravated assault can be classified as either a second, third or fourth-degree offense, each of which carries a range of serious penalties as follows:
There are several possible defenses to simple and aggravated assault charges in New Jersey. Determining which defenses you have available requires the advice of an experienced New Jersey assault lawyer; and, to make sure you have the best chance possible to assert the strongest possible defense, it is important that you discuss your assault charge with an attorney right away. Some of the potential defenses to assault charges include:
These are in addition to the Constitutional and other statutory defenses that apply more broadly to criminal charges in New Jersey.
If you have been charged with assault in New Jersey, our certified criminal trial attorneys can help you fight to avoid a criminal conviction. To get started with a free and confidential consultation, call 1-877-435-6371 or contact us online now to speak with a New Jersey assault lawyer.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.