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Edison Simple Assault Attorney
Simple assault is a fairly common offense in Edison given that it is in the top two in terms of municipal population in Middlesex County. The Edison Municipal Court presides over many assault complaints arising out of domestic relationships, neighbor altercations, fights at sporting events and other scenarios. If you were charged with simple assault in the Township of Edison, contacting our firm is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of protecting yourself. We are highly experienced Middlesex County criminal lawyers who have been in practice for over 100 years between us. The attorneys on our staff also include former prosecutors who have a unique perspective on the workings of the court system in Edison and other locations in the region. To speak to a Edison simple assault attorney on our team, call our office anytime 24/7 for a free consultation.
Simple Assault Offense in Edison Township
Although a simple assault offense is one of the least serious assault crimes an individual can be up against in Edison Township, do not think that it cannot cause issues. The penalties under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 include thousands in monetary consequences including fines and court assessments, not to mention the possibility of up to six months in the county jail. You can find yourself convicted and subject to the penalties for this disorderly persons offense if it is found, beyond reasonable doubt, that you:
- Attempted to cause bodily injury;
- Purposely, knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury;
- Negligently caused bodily injury with a weapon; or
- Engaged in physical intimidation (i.e. menacing) in order to create fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
The definition of “bodily injury”, “serious bodily injury” and “deadly weapon” are set forth in Section 2C:11-1 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. Bodily injury means physical pain, illness or any impairment of physical condition. A deadly weapon is any object that is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury including a firearm. Serious bodily injury is triggered where the conduct creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of function of a body member or organ.
Restraining Issued In Edison. If a simple assault or another act of alleged domestic violence takes place in Edison, the victim is given the option to apply for a temporary restraining order which prevents the accused from having any conduct until a determination is made by the Family Court as to whether a final restraining order should be entered. This process and all proceedings are civil in nature and are independently conducted outside of your criminal case for simple assault in Edison Municipal Court.
Conditional Dismissal. There is a diversion program called condition dismissal that allows first time offenders to avoid prosecution by submitting to a period of probation. The simple assault offense is dismissed upon successful completion of this supervision.
Simple Assault Lawyer in Edison New Jersey
If you are looking to find a simple assault lawyer in Edison NJ, you can stop here. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possess extensive knowledge and experience in defending Edison simple assault offenses. In fact, we are able to avoid a conviction under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 in most cases. Contact us anytime 24/7 for an immediate free consultation with an attorney on our team.