The Defense Team at Our Firm Includes Former County Prosecutors With Decades of Experience Defending Aggravated Assault Charges in Union City New Jersey
Aggressively fighting a Union City New Jersey aggravated assault charge is the only way to avoid the stigma of a permanent criminal record as a violent felony offender. Prospective employers, licensing boards and immigration authorities, all take an individual’s prior record into consideration so it is certainly in your best interests to do everything possible to avoid a conviction. Hiring a lawyer who is skilled in defending aggravated assault cases in Hudson County is exactly the weapon you need to ensure a favorable outcome.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has attorneys with the attributes you need for success if you have been charged with aggravated assault in Union City. Our firm has:
- Over 200 years of combined experience defending crimes of the fourth degree, third degree and second degree
- Ten (10) lawyers that limit their practices exclusively to criminal defense
- Former county prosecutor on staff that have served as Director of Major Crimes, Special Operations, Guns Task Force, Juvenile Division and even the entire Trial Division
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
Our defense lawyers take the time to get to know you and hear your side of the story in order to provide an aggressive and formidable defense. The filing of charges is nothing more than an accusation that the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt. Let your side of the story be heard by calling us now at 201-309-0500 to speak with one of our attorneys during a free initial consultation. An attorney on our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Union City Aggravated Assault Charge
If you inflict serious bodily harm on another person or attempt to do so, you could be charged with aggravated assault as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), but there are other forms of conduct, particularly involving deadly weapons that could also result in an arrest and charges being filed, including:
- Attempting to cause or purposely or knowingly causing bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.
- Recklessly causing another person to suffer a bodily injury with a deadly weapon.
- Knowingly pointing a firearm at or in the direction of another person under circumstances that manifest extreme indifference to of human life. It does not matter for purposes of the statute whether you believed the gun to be loaded.
You could be charged with aggravated assault even if for conduct that might only support the less serious offense of simple assault based upon the occupation of the victim. If the target of a Union City simple assault is a police officer, firefighter, bus driver, school teacher or engaged in other occupations designated for protection under state law, the prosecution can charge you with aggravated assault.
Our Union City criminal lawyers carefully review the facts of your case to take full advantage of legal defenses that might exist. For instance, defending yourself or another person against an attack is self-defense and legal justification for using force against the attacker.
Penalties for an Aggravated Assault Conviction in Union City
Aggravated assault offenses are graded according to the severity of the injury and whether or not a weapon was used. The most serious aggravated assault offense is a crime of the second degree punishable by imprisonment for a minimum of five years up to a maximum of 10 years without the possibility of being released on parole until you have completed at least 85% of the sentence. You could also be ordered to pay a fine of as much as $150,000.
The least serious grade of aggravated assault is a crime of the fourth degree, but you could be sent to state prison for up to 18 months and ordered to pay up to $10,000 as a fine. A third degree crime for aggravated assault is also very serious with the potential for up to 5 years in prison and a fine that can reach $15,000. All aggravated assault convictions leave you with a record as a felony offender, so federal law prohibits you from ever owning or possession of a firearm. You could also be prevented from gaining entry into military bases and other locations requiring a criminal background search.
You should also know that when the alleged victim of aggravated assault is someone entitled to protection under the NJ Domestic Violence Protection Act, they may apply for a restraining order. If you have been accused of domestic violence in Union City based on aggravated assault, you face additional ramification that can significantly impact your life. You will also have to defend an entirely separate case in the Family Division to determine whether the temporary restraining order presently in place becomes permanent.
Union County Aggravated Assault Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged in Union City with aggravated assault, do not make the mistake of assuming that a conviction is inevitable. The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the know-how and commitment to provide you with a skilled, aggressive and innovative defense to give you the best opportunity to avoid a conviction. Put us to work defending you by calling us now at 201-309-0500 where one of our outstanding defense attorneys is available to speak with you during a free consultation at any time of the day or night.