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Old Bridge NJ Simple Assault Attorney
There are far more than a few simple assault charges filed in Old Bridge Township given that it is the third most populated municipality in Middlesex County. Whether the result of a bar fight, altercation at school, a domestic incident or some other scenario, a conviction for simple assault carries serious consequences. You will have a criminal record that cannot be removed for years, if at all, and which will be seen by anyone who performs a criminal background check. A knowledgeable simple assault attorney is your best tool against the penalties you face for this charge in Old Bridge.
Our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, has been appearing on simple assault and other offenses in Old Bridge Municipal Court for decades. Our team of lawyers include several former prosecutors from the immediate area of Old Bridge, including one who has served in Matawan and at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. We know what it takes to secure a dismissal in a domestic assault case or another other variety of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 violation. Call our East Brunswick Office at 732-227-1200 for a free consultation with an attorney on our defense team.
Charged With Simple Assault in Old Bridge New Jersey
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense under 2C:12-1(a) which falls under municipal court jurisdiction. Your case will therefore be heard in the municipal court of Old Bridge. Please note, however, that this does not apply to a restraining order which is a civil proceeding that is heard at the Family Division of the Middlesex County Superior Court. If your case involves both a restraining order and separate criminal charge for simple assault, you will be subject to proceedings in both venues.
The simple assault statute sets forth three scenarios in which the violation is committed. N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a) provides that:
a. Simple assault. A person is guilty of assault if he:
(1)Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(2)Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(3)Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense unless committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a petty disorderly persons offense.
The penalties that apply if you are convicted of any of these forms of simple assault include up to 6 months in jail, a $1,000 fine and the possibility of probation and community service. When the alleged victim is a police officer, the offense is enhanced to aggravated assault on a police officer. The same escalation occurs when the incident occurs a youth sports event.
Simple Assault Lawyer in Old Bridge
The offense of simple assault clearly has the potential to cause significant complications in your life. The truth is that the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can avoid these ramifications in most cases. This should be good reason for you to contact our firm to speak to a simple assault lawyer on our staff about your Old Bridge offense. We can be reached 24/7 by calling 732-227-1200.