From the perspective of someone who is charged with aggravated assault, the difference is enormous.
While a simple assault charge can net you up to six months in jail with a $1000 fine, aggravated assault can be charged at one of three levels, with penalties ranging from 18 months for a Fourth Degree charge to as long as ten years for a Second Degree charge.
If you have the option of pleading down an aggravated assault charge to a lesser violation like simple assault, you may be able to avoid significant penalties.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you achieve the best outcome possible in your case.
Attorney Matthew Reisig protects clients through negotiation, favorable plea agreements, and courtroom defense. Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation.