Assault Charges in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

New Jersey takes assault charges very seriously. If you are facing assault charges, it is important to understand the potential consequences you may face. Read on to learn more about assault charges in New Jersey.

What are the different types of assault charges in New Jersey?

  • Simple assault:
    • This type of assault is defined by a person who:
      • Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another
      • Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon
      • Attempts by physical menace to input fear of imminent serious bodily injury. These crimes are typically not treated as seriously as other charges because they do not usually involve a weapon and they typically cause little physical harm.
  • Aggravated assault: This charge refers to when an individual purposely or knowingly causes injury to another individual with a deadly weapon.
  • Sexual assault: Sexual assault is a serious crime. It is important to note that aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime in New Jersey when it involves children under the age of 13, regardless of consent.
  • Domestic assault: It is not possible to retract charges once police arrest an individual that has been accused of domestic assault. With a domestic assault charge, actual physical harm is not needed to qualify as a charge. Individuals can be charged with domestic assault for stalking, harassment, or making threats. Immediately after receiving a charge for domestic assault, the person who was charged will face a restraining order. More harsh penalties and lifelong consequences will likely follow.

What are the penalties for an assault charge in New Jersey?

There are many factors that the court considers when determining penalties for assault crimes. In some cases, simple assault convictions can result in restitution, probation, up to six months in jail, community service, and fines. When it comes to first-degree assault charges, you can face 10 to 20 years in prison and fines up to $200,000.

If you are facing assault charges in New Jersey, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out today to discuss your options. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.

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