The Attorneys In Our Mays Landing Criminal Firm Include Former County Prosecutors With Over 150 Years Of Experience Defending Aggravated Assault Cases
An individual can face criminal charges for aggravated assault at the Atlantic County criminal justice complex in Mays Landing under a variety of circumstances. Whether the offense is the result of domestic violence, a bar fight or some other physical encounter between two individuals, the offense can have stinging repercussions since N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) makes the charge a felony that can land you in prison. This is why you need to retain a savvy Atlantic County aggravated assault defense lawyer to handle your case.
If you were arrested for aggravated assault in Galloway, Absecon, Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Hamilton or another Atlantic County municipality, your case will be decided at the Criminal Division of the Atlantic County Superior Court located at 4997 Unami Blvd. Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The reason why this is the case rather than the matter being heard in municipal court is because aggravated assault is an indictable crime of the second, third or fourth degree that can only be dealt with at the county courthouse. You will therefore need to be represented by an attorney who is not only experienced in defending 2C:12-1b cases but also well acquainted with the court system in Mays Landing.
Our firm is the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a team of ten (10) criminal attorneys with over 150 years of combined experience. Most of the lawyers on our staff are former prosecutors, including a former director of major crimes, the trial team, the drug task force. You are encourage to contact our Mays Landing Criminal Firm at (609) 616-0020 to obtain a thorough review of the facts of your case and sound advice from an accomplished aggravated assault lawyer as to your best options.
What You Need To Know If You Have Been Charged With Aggravated Assault In Atlantic County
There are eleven (11) categories of aggravated assault set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) that can result in someone be charged with this offense in Atlantic County. Not surprising, there is a virtually endless list of precipitating events that can trigger an aggravated assault complaint. The most common situation resulting in the charge where someone attempts to cause or actually causes serious bodily injury to another person. “Serious bodily injury” is defined under New Jersey law as “bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.” What makes this definition difficult is the concept of “protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.” Under this definition, a single strike to the face that causes temporary loss of vision in one eye could suffice (even if full vision is later restored).
Attempting to cause or purposely or knowingly causing bodily injury (i.e. temporary pain or discomfort or worse) with a deadly weapon, or recklessly causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon, also a common scenario for an aggravated assault charge. You can also face an aggravated assault if you knowingly or recklessly pointed a firearm at someone. Another frequently encountered scenario for aggravated assault in Atlantic County and elsewhere in the state is a simple assault committed against a police office in Hamilton, Atlantic City, Galloway, Egg Harbor Township, Margate, Ventnor or another local town.
Also, it is an aggravated assault if you commit a simple assault against certain types of persons. It is an aggravated assault to commit a simple assault against a law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority or because of his status as a law enforcement officer. Therefore, if you are at a bar or club and strike a police officer during a skirmish, you will be charged with Aggravated Assault. With the active nightlife and physical altercations that are known to occur in Atlantic City, Aggravated Assault charges on a Police Officer are more typical than you may expect.
Aggravated Assault Penalties At Sentencing In Mays Landing New Jersey
As previously stated, charges for aggravated assault are always indictable (commonly referred to as a felony) so they must be heard in Mays Landing. The grading of this offense in terms of a second degree, third degree or fourth degree crime is predicated on the pedigree of aggravated assault under 2C:12-1b. If you are convicted of a second degree aggravated assault charge, you are facing five (5) to ten (10) years in a New Jersey State Penitentiary and a period of parole ineligibility of 85% by virtue of the No Early Release Act (NERA). You are also subject to a fine of up to $150,000. A third degree aggravated assault conviction exposes you to a period of incarceration between three (3) and five (5) years and a fine that can reach $15,000. Fourth degree aggravated assault charges carry up to eighteen (18) months of incarceration and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Egg Harbor Township Aggravated Assault Defense Lawyers
It is often forgotten that Egg Harbor Township is the most populated municipality in Atlantic County rather than Atlantic City. It naturally follows that the municipality has many aggravated assault charges that demand formulation of a strong criminal defense strategy. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are equipped to provide just that. Our team of trial lawyers has decades of experience to provide you with the knowledge and resources required to defend against a 2C:12-1b complaint filed in Margate City, Northfield, Hamilton, or Brigantine. If you or a family member was recently arrested for aggravated assault, call (609) 616-0020 to speak to a skilled Atlantic County aggravated assault attorney immediately. A lawyer is ready to provide a free consultation at your convenience.