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An aggravated assault offense is an indictable felony crime that carries significant penalties. If you are convicted of assault with a weapon, assaulting a police officer, or causing serious or significant injury to the victim, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) clearly triggers severe consequences. Whether your charge is a second degree, third degree or even fourth degree crime, you are facing the possibility of years in state prison at the time of sentencing at the Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly New Jersey. This is why it is so important to hire an attorney experienced in defending aggravated assault charges. Our firm features a team of ten (10) accomplished Mt. Holly criminal defense lawyers that has been defending aggravated assault offenses at the Burlington County Courthouse for several decades now. Most of the members of this staff have over fifteen (15) years experience, have a significant number of jury trials under the belt and have served as prosecutors in the past. We even employ ex county prosecutors who have served as the Director of Major Crimes, the Trial Division and Supervisor of the Gangs, Guns & Drugs Task Force. If you were arrested and charged with violating N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) and are facing an aggravated assault offense, our we certainly have the skill to prepare a potent defense. Contact our Mount Holly Office at (609) 491-2110 and let us put our 100 plus years of combined experience, including years as prosecutors, to work for you.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall at 217 High Street Suite 201 Mount Holly, New Jersey and 309 Fellowship Road Mount Laurel, New Jersey, defend clients charged with aggravated assault in Burlington County municipalities such as Medford, Evesham, Eastampton, Mt. Holly, Bordentown, Mount Laurel, Pemberton, Burlington Township, Moorestown, Delran, Lumberton, Florence, Cinnaminson, Maple Shade, Southampton, Edgewater Park, Westampton, Mansfield, Riverside, Chesterfield, North Hanover, Tabernacle, Shamong and the rest of the county.
Burlington County Aggravated Assault Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)
As an indictable crime, all aggravated assault offense must be heard in Mount Holly at the Superior Court. What this means that whether your original arrest was in Evesham, Florence, Pemberton, Medford or Bordentown, your case must be heard at the county courthouse in Burlington. The particulars of the law and penalties that will apply to your case hinge on factors like whether the victim was a police officer, the assault involved a weapon, your intent when the incident was committed, and the extent of the injury sustained in the altercation. The following is a breakdown of 2C:12-1(b) in terms of grading and penalties:
- Second Degree Aggravated Assault. If someone attempts or causes serious bodily injury through the commission of an intentional act manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, causes bodily injury while fleeing a police officer, or causes significant bodily injury as a result of arson, aggravated assault is a second degree crime. Second degree aggravated assault will expose penalties that include up to 10 years in prison and a fine as high as $200,000. The No Early Release Act also applies. This Act mandates that you serve at least 85% of your sentence before you are eligible for parole.
- Third Degree Aggravated Assault. If you attempted or caused bodily injury with a deadly weapon, caused significant bodily injury, pointed a firearm or imitation firearm at a police officer, caused bodily injury to a police officer or to someone as a result of arson, or used a laser sighting devices against law enforcement, you face a third degree aggravated assault charge. The penalties upon conviction include maximum sentences of 5 years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.
- Fourth Degree Aggravated Assault. Causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm at another, or committing a simple assault against a police officer, could result in your being charged with fourth degree aggravated assault. This fourth degree crime triggers a potential sentence of 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
In addition to contesting your charges on the basis that you did not commit the violation, our Mount Holly aggravated assault lawyers will explore diversionary programs like Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”) to provide relief from the previously mentioned penalties. If you are admitted into PTI, you will be required to complete one year of probation during which you remain arrest and drug free. Successful completion results in dismissal of your aggravated assault offense without any record of conviction.
Aggravated Assault Charges Involving Domestic Violence. When a victim has standing under the Domestic Violence Act, he/she may secure a restraining order if there is probable cause to believe that an assault has occurred. The initial relief is referred to as a Temporary Restraining Order. You have the opportunity to contest the allegations of domestic violence at the Final Restraining Order Hearing that takes place at the Family Division of the County Courthouse in Mount Holly NJ.
Immigration Consequences Of Aggravated Assault. You you must pay particular attention to an aggravated assault charge if you aren’t a United States citizen. The reason for concern stems from the fact that aggravated assault is considered an aggravated felony that can result in revocation of your Green Card or Visa under Federal Immigration Law.
Aggravated Assault Lawyers in Mt. Holly New Jersey
Aggravated assault penalties are serious irrespective of the degree of crime you are faced with. You should also keep in mind that this is however an offense that is frequently overblown either because a police officer is involved or the victim is exaggerating or pressed the case against you unreasonably. Our former prosecutors and experienced attorneys can frequently eliminate the magnification of the offense once they have the opportunity to speak to the Burlington County Prosecutors Office. This can yield a downgrade to a third or fourth degree crime, admission into Pretrial Intervention, remand to municipal court as a simple assault, or even dismissal of your case. The benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer at our firm should be clear from this fact alone whether your charge arose in Burlington City, Morrestown, Mount Laurel, Mount Holly or Willingboro. To speak to a member of our team, contact us in Mount Laurel at 856-234-8900.
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The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients accused of second degree, third degree or fourth degree aggravated assault in Burlington County, including Mount Holly, Medford, Evesham, Mount Laurel, Eastampton, Delran, Bordentown, Pemberton, Mansfield, Moorestown, Lumberton, Florence, Maple Shade, Southampton,Cinnaminson, Edgewater Park, Burlington Township, Riverside, Chesterfield, Tabernacle, Westampton, North Hanover and Shamong.