Our Team of Former Prosecutors Is Ready To Defend Your Simple Assault Charge in Guttenberg Municipal Court
A fight in a bar or at a sporting event might be the first thing that comes to mind when someone is charged with simple assault in Guttenberg for violating N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. However, there are a slew of other contexts that can result in someone being arrested, most notably allegations of domestic violence. An argument between a husband and wife or between other members of a household that results in a call by the Guttenberg Police is definitely far from uncommon. The same is true in terms of the collateral consequences of a NJ restraining order. Irrespective of the facts that resulted in issuance of the assault complaint in your case, hiring the right defense lawyer
An attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is a member of a criminal defense team with exceptional qualifications to defend you. You will obtain:
- Over 200 years of collective experience defending simple assault, aggravated assault and similar charges in Hudson County
- 10 lawyers that devote their practices exclusively to criminal defense
- Former county and municipal prosecutors
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
Give yourself the best chance to avoid a conviction by enlisting the services of a skilled Hudson County simple assault defense lawyer like those at our firm. An attorney is available immediately for a free initial consultation by calling 201-309-0500.
Simple Assault Offense in Guttenberg New Jersey
The broad definition of simple assault found in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a) allows it to be applied when one or more of the following behaviors occurs:
Negligently causing bodily injury to another person through the use of a deadly weapon.
Knowingly, recklessly or purposely causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to another person.
Threatening another person or putting a person in fear of serious bodily injury by physically menacing conduct, such as pointing a weapon at a person.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense, which is the equivalent of a misdemeanor in states other than New Jersey. However, conduct in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a) is enhanced to a New Jersey aggravated assault charge, a felony-level offense, if the victim is a police officer, EMT, firefighter, teacher or anyone working in an occupation designated for special protection by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(5).
Penalties for Simple Assault at the Guttenberg Municipal Court
You could be sentenced to serve up to six months in the Hudson County Correctional Center if convicted of a simple assault. The penalty could also include a fine of as much as $1,000. There are, however, defenses to a simple assault charge that could allow you to completely avoid a conviction or end up with a reduction in the offense and the penalties. If you acted in defense of yourself or another person from an attack, it could be self-defense and serve as justification for your actions. Evidence that you acted in self-defense could be the basis for a dismissal of the charge. Evidence proving that you and the person with whom you fought did so voluntarily could cause a judge or the prosecution to reduce the simple assault to a petty disorderly persons offense. The options available to a judge when imposing sentence are maximum fine of $500, 30 days in jail or both. Other possible sentencing options for a simple assault offense include probation, community service, counseling, and payment of restitution to the victim.
Guttenberg NJ Simple Assault Defense Lawyer
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have considerable skill and experience representing clients faced with charged for simple assault in the Town of Guttenberg. Indeed, the time tested results of our team ensure that you will be provided with the effective advocacy that an assault case demands. Call us now at 201-309-0500 and one of our talented defense lawyers is ready to discuss your charge in a a free consultation.