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Fines, Jail Time, Prison Terms for Simple Assault Charges in New Jersey

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Have you Been Charged with Simple Assault in New Jersey?

 If you have been charged with simple assault in the state of New Jersey you are facing significant criminal consequences.  A conviction for simple assault carries up to 6 months in the County jail, and a fine of up to 1000 dollars.  You could also be exposed to a domestic violence restraining order that will affect a number of your rights including a right to own a firearm.  Additionally,  Bail reform in New Jersey has authorized the police to charge certain domestic violence related simple assaults on a Warrant which means you will be arrested and incarcerated prior to your first appearance.


Stop Worrying – Call the New Jersey Simple Assault Lawyers with Your Solution


Whether you have been charged with Simple Assault in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex or any one of the other 18 Counties in New Jersey our Simple Assault Lawyers will help you avoid serious criminal consequences.  At Clark, Clark & Noonan we have experience that matters. Our former prosecutors and certified criminal trial attorney have spent their entire careers in the courtroom. Our firm has tried well over a 100 felony jury trials and we have assessed thousands of criminal cases. What does that mean for you?  It means we will do everything possible to get your case dismissed, your charges downgraded to a non-criminal offense or enter you into a program where your charges are ultimately dismissed.

The Prosecutor, not the defendant, has the burden to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”.  You have no burden to prove anything.   If the prosecutor’s evidence is weak, or the alleged victim’s credibility is suspect then we have the skills and experience to get your case dismissed. Even if you think the case against you appears strong, we have still been successful in having simple assault cases dismissed downgraded to non-criminal offenses or dismissed after a diversionary program such as a conditional dismissal.  The point is, we know how to protect your rights and protect you from a costly criminal record that could affect your job or future employment opportunities.

Whether you have been charged with Simple Assault in Belmar, Eatontown, Asbury Park, Neptune, Toms River, Brick, Seaside Heights, New Brunswick, Jersey City or any other town or city in any one of the 21 Counties in New Jersey, we offer a free consultation in which you can openly discuss the specifics of  your charges, explore potential mistakes  in the police investigation and  available defenses for your Simple Assault charge. Call one of our specialized Clark, Clark & Noonan criminal lawyers at 732-303-7857. We offer a free consultation in which you can openly discuss the specifics of  your charges, explore potential mistakes  in the police investigation and  available defenses for whatever simple assault allegations you are facing.  Again, call 732-303-7857 and for the solution to your legal problem.

In New Jersey, charges of lesser offenses are heard by the Municipal Court in the municipality, city, or township where the offense allegedly took place. If you are charged with a petty disorderly offense, disorderly persons offense, or other disorderly conduct your case will be heard by the Municipal Court. (Also see SimpleAssault vs. Aggravated Assault”)

If you are convicted of simple assault you may be sentenced to serve up to 6 months in jail, be required to perform community services, and be subject to fine of up to $1,000, restitution, and probation.

Simple assault is generally charged in one of two ways:

  • As a disorderly persons offense; or
  • As a petty disorderly offense if a fight was by mutual consent.

Possible Penalties for Assault Convictions

  • Fines and court costs
  • Jail time
  • Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or weapon
  • Mandatory anger management classes
  • Parole
  • Probation and electronic monitoring
  • Restitution to the victim

New Jersey laws (N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1) allows the charges of simple assault to be filed under the following conditions:

  • If a person attempts to cause bodily injury to another person, or who recklessly, knowingly, or purposely causes bodily injury to someone else
  • If bodily injury is negligently caused with a deadly weapon
  • If someone threatens another person or puts them in fear of serious bodily injury through physical menace (i.e., pointing a gun or waiving a knife)

For a physical act to be considered assault the victim does not need to have sustained lasting injuries; the assault may simply cause temporary pain or discomfort or present a physical threat, and any unwanted or offensive physical contact can be considered assault.

Factors That Can Affect Charges and Penalties

  • The unique circumstances of your crime
  • Where the assault took place
  • If the assaulted person was a minor or on school property
  • If there was bodily injury
  • The skill and experience of your defense attorney
  • If you have a prior history of convictions, or, if other charges are being brought against you at the same time

Situations Where You Can Be Charged with Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault, a more serious charge than simple assault, and can be charged as a 2nd degree offense, a 3rd degree offense, or as a 4th degree offense. How you are charged will depend upon many things; however, if any of the following conditions exist, you can be charged with the more severe crime of aggravated assault:

  • The assault was against an officer, security guard, fireman, or any public official including judges, teachers, certain employees, etc.
  • The assault was against a family member
  • There was serious bodily injury to the victim
  • A deadly weapon was used in the assault
  • You threaten someone with a gun or point it at someone
  • The assault occurred while eluding or attempting to elude an officer or while resisting arrest

Violent Crimes FAQs – Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault Charges & Penalties

Attorneys at our Jersey City, NJ criminal defense law firm have handled hundred of trials and more than 100 felony jury trials and have experience defending individuals against serious criminal cases involving municipal, state and federal crimes.

We operate on a “trial first, negotiations second,” premise.

The stakes in every criminal case are high. No matter how the evidence seems to stack up, we believe there is ALWAYS a defense worth pursuing. You owe it to yourself to contact our firm online today for a free consultation, or call us at 732-303-7857 . Our clients can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our office.

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