Sparta NJ Simple Assault Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey
In New Jersey, simple assault is either a disorderly persons offense or a petty disorderly persons offense, depending on the circumstances. Although simple assault is considered a lower level offense in New Jersey, defendants charged with simple assault are often surprised to learn that a conviction for simple assault will result in a charge on their criminal record, up to $1,000 in fines, and even a jail sentence. Additionally, simple assault charges may be enhanced to aggravated assault if the offense is committed against a law enforcement officer or another public servant.
No matter the simple assault charges you are facing, the criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are ready to help. We have successfully defended simple assault cases in municipal courts in Sparta, Vernon, Newton, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, and throughout in Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey. Our award-winning attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case, construct the most compelling defense strategy, and aggressively fight to prove your innocence. Contact our offices today at 973-755-1695 to discuss your case. We provide consultations free of charge.
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Simple Assault Defense Lawyer in Phillipsburg NJ
Pursuant to the New Jersey Criminal Code, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a), there are three scenarios that constitute simple assault. Specifically, a person is guilty of simple assault if he: 1) attempts to cause or purposefully, 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. If any one of those three requirements are satisfied, the defendant will be charged with a disorderly persons offense of simple assault.
The general theme to simple assault charges is that of bodily injury. According to the New Jersey Criminal Code, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1 (a), “bodily injury” is defined as physical pain, illness or any impairment of physical condition. In other words, it is not enough to merely kick, strike, or offensively touch another person – that is considered harassment under the New Jersey Criminal Code – there must be an actual or attempted bodily injury in order to be guilty of the disorderly persons offense of simple assault. On the other hand, if a simple assault is committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, the defendant will be charged with a petty disorderly persons offense. That is, a good-old-fashioned bar fight is technically illegal and would more likely than not result in charges for a petty disorderly persons offense.
For simple assault charges, a disorderly persons offense and will carry a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Likewise, a petty disorderly persons offense will also result in a permanent record and subject the defendant to up to a $500 fine and thirty days in jail.
Contact Vernon NJ Simple Assault Attorneys for a Free Consultation
In any event, if you are charged with simple assault in Sussex and Warren County, the bottom line is that you are facing fines and jail time. The simple assault defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are experienced with defending assault cases, we know how to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence and we always have one goal in mind: fight as hard as we can to get the case dismissed. Contact us today at 973-755-1695 for additional information and a free consultation.