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Simple Assault charges often begin in municipal court in New Jersey. Municipal courts often hear less serious criminal offenses and offenses such as traffic violations.
If you’ve been charged with Simple Assault (sometimes referred to as misdemeanor assault), you more than likely are being accused of:
- A petty disorderly offense if there was a fight with two consenting parties
- A disorderly persons offense
New Jersey Simple Assault cases are filed under NJ Statute N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.
NJSA 2C:12-1 states that Simple Assault offenses are to be filed under specific conditions.
These conditions include:
- If someone attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another
- When someone negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
- A person attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of serious bodily injury
Simple Assault cases in NJ are considered less serious than Aggravated Assault Charges.
However, cases that start out as a misdemeanor Simple Assault can become much more serious.
The state may decide to indict a person initially charged with Simple Assault with Aggravated Assault – a much more serious felony offense.
Penalties For Simple Assault Charges In NJ
If you are convicted of Simple Assault charges in New Jersey, you could receive a harsh punishment.
Penalties could include up to 6 months in jail, heavy fines, restitution, probation, and even community service.
Even for a first offense Simple Assault, you could also be ordered to attend mandatory anger management classes, have electronic monitoring in-place, and lose their ability to own or possess a firearm.
This is only for Simple Assault. If the charges are enhanced and you are indicted for Aggravated Assault, the penalties are much more severe.
This is why it’s so important to have the help of an experienced Simple Assault defense attorney on your side.
Matthew Reisig treats each client as a priority, and builds a defense strategy for each case individually.
This means that you or your loved one will receive the individual attention they deserve.
Factors That Influence Simple Assault Charges And Penalties
New Jersey courts consider a lot of factors when deciding whether or not to convict someone of Simple Assault charges.
These circumstances also affect the penalties a defendant receives if convicted.
Some of these factors include:
- Where the assault offense took place
- The age of the person who was allegedly assaulted
- What injuries were involved with the offense
- Whether the defendant has a prior criminal history
- The relationship between the person who allegedly committed the offense and the person who was injured
The penalties you receive if convicted of Simple Assault also depend upon the experience of your defense lawyer.
Skilled defense attorneys, like Matthew Reisig, have more experience and are able to build a stronger case on your behalf.
This lessens the chances of receiving harsh penalties, or even being convicted in the first place.
Hiring A Simple Assault Defense Lawyer In New Jersey
If you or a family member have been charged with Simple Assault in NJ, it’s important to have the assistance of a skilled defense lawyer.
Matthew Reisig fights for his clients to win their cases, and will fight for you, too.
Call today for a free consultation: (732) 625-9661.