What Are the Different Types of Assault Crimes in New Jersey?The three types of assault criminal charges in New Jersey are:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault By Auto
Can You Be Charged With Assault Without Hurting Anyone?Many people think they can avoid an assault conviction by proving that the victim was not injured, but that’s not the case. You can face assault charges even if you did not physically injure anyone. In New Jersey, you can be charged with assault for simply attempting to injure someone or threatening to hurt someone. It doesn’t matter whether or not the victim was actually injured, so this is not an effective defense strategy.
What Are the Penalties For Assault in New Jersey?An assault conviction can lead to serious criminal and civil penalties. Most simple assaults are disorderly persons offenses, which means a conviction can mean up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. However, a simple assault is a petty disorderly persons offense if it occurred while both the victim and defendant were engaged in a fight or scuffle. Petty disorderly offenses are punishable by up to 30 days in jail and $500 in fines.
How to Beat An Assault Charge in New JerseyIf you are facing assault charges, let the attorneys at The Hernandez Law Firm review your case right away. Some of the many ways our attorneys can help clients who are charged with assault include:
- File motions to dismiss the charges due to lack of evidence
- File motions to get key pieces of evidence thrown out of the case
- Negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce your charges
- Negotiate a plea deal to help you avoid serious penalties
- Prove you were the victim, not the assailant, or that you were acting in self-defense