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New Brunswick Simple Assault Lawyer
Charged With Assault in New Brunswick New Jersey? A former New Brunswick Municipal Court prosecutor on our staff is ready to help you.
If you are seeking a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience defending simple assault charges in New Brunswick, you have landed in the right place. Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, is located just a block from New Brunswick Municipal Court and our lawyers have been appearing their with success on behalf of clients charged with simple assault for over 100 years combined. In fact, one of the attorneys on our team even served as prosecutor in New Brunswick Municipal Court. We certainly know our way around the court system. To speak to an attorney with know how you need, contact our New Brunswick Office for a free consultation at 732-246-7126.
New Brunswick Simple Assault Offense
N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a outlines the charge of simple assault. An individual commits a New Brunswick simple assault if they attempt to cause, or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury upon another person. A simple assault charge is classified as a disorderly persons offense (a misdemeanor) that is typically handled in New Brunswick Municipal Court. A conviction for simple assault in New Brunswick results in up to 6 months in a county jail, a fine of up to $1,000 and a slew of other potential consequences.
There are circumstances when conduct that would otherwise represent simple assault results in an aggravated assault offense. Aggravated assault is a felony criminal charge that can only be dealt with at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick and result in years in prison and tens of thousands in fines. The most common scenario where this occurs is when someone commits a simple assault on a police officer. This type incident results in fourth degree aggravated assault or third degree assault where a 2C:12-1a violation is committed against a police officer or other individual protected under 2C:12-1(5), fore example, a teacher, fireman or EMT.
Another common scenario for simple assault is domestic violence. If you are facing New Brunswick domestic violence allegations, the stakes are even higher for you. Domestic violence carries with it the potential for a restraining order that can bar you from any contact with the alleged victim and displace you from your residence. You are also exposed to an additional criminal charge for violation of a restraining order if you are the subject of a temporary restraining order or final restraining order. This is even more reason to secure the services of a skilled attorney.
Often, the police, who are trying to do the right thing, will nonetheless overcharge the offense. However, a slap is not as serious as a punch, and push is less serious than a kick. So, it is up to the defense lawyers to shed light on the these differences and attempt to get a simple assault charge downgraded to a lesser offense, like disorderly conduct or harassment.
In situations where the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator know each other, an experienced defense attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution whereby after a cooling off period, or the completion of some sort of anger management counseling, and if there haven’t been any more problems, the charged will be withdrawn by agreement.
New Brunswick Simple Assault Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with the crime of simple assault in New Brunswick, New Jersey, call The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. The defense lawyers on our team are former prosecutors, including one who served in New Brunswick, as well as at the Middlesex County Superior Court. An attorney who has defended countless simple assault charges in the jurisdiction is available for free consultation 24/7. To speak to a lawyer with the knowledge required to secure a downgrade or dismissal is available now at 732-246-7126.