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How to Handle an Aggravated Assault Charge in New Jersey

Author Clark & Noonan, LLC
Posted June 16, 2017
Category Assault and Aggravated Assault

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Aggravated assault falls under New Jersey statute 2C:12(a). Depending on the injury inflicted upon the victim, aggravated assault is either a crime of the second degree or the third degree.

A second-degree crime in the state of New Jersey carries a potential state prison sentence ranging from five to ten years in state prison.  Additionally, if an individual is convicted of a second-degree crime, they are presumed to receive a state prison sentence, even if the individual has no prior criminal record. If they are convicted of a second-degree crime, they will almost certainly be sentenced to state prison.

Aggravated assault in the third degree is the less serious version of the crime of aggravated assault. If an individual is convicted of aggravated assault in the third degree and that individual has no prior criminal record, the individual will be presumed to receive a probationary sentence. However, the individual may still be able to raise various defenses.

Aggravated Assault Charge Defenses

An individual is still able to raise many defenses if they are accused of aggravated assault in the second or third degree. One of the defenses an individual may be able to raise to a charge of aggravated assault is the defense of self-defense. Self-defense is what is known as a justification defense. This means that the individual who is accused of aggravated assault does not deny that they committed the assault. However, they assert that they were justified in committing the assault because they were defending themselves or another person.

If you or someone you know has been accused of the crime of aggravated assault, contact our Jersey City criminal defense firm. Our lawyers have experience representing individuals who are charged with aggravated assault in Jersey City. We have successfully handled aggravated assault cases in the Hudson County superior court located in downtown Jersey City.

Clark & Noonan, LLC offers a free consultation to anyone who wishes to discuss his or her criminal matter. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to assist you. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys or would like to schedule a consultation, call our New Jersey office today at 732-303-7857 or click on the contact us tab.

Clark & Noonan, LLC serves clients throughout New Jersey including Jersey City, located in Hudson County.

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