Assault & Threat Crimes

Accomplished Flemington Assault Defense Attorneys

One of the broadest offense categories contained in the New Jersey Criminal Code is referred to as “Assault and Threat Crimes”. The common thread with all of these charges is some form of physical or emotional harm inflicted on another person. When the conduct involves physical contact, some variety of assault charge arises, for example, aggravated assault, assault by auto or simple assault. When the accusation stems from a threat or another form of emotional abuse, there are any number of offenses that can apply, including harassment, terroristic threats and stalking.

Assault and threat offenses can also be differentiated by grade or severity. Indictable assault charges are those that are a crime of the first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree. Offenses of this nature can only be heard at the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington New Jersey. If you have been charged with eluding or another felony assault related offense, this is where your case will be handled. Conversely, a summons or warrant complaint alleging a disorderly persons offense (i.e. a misdemeanor), is heard in a municipal court like the one in Tewksbury, Clinton, Union Township, East Amwell, Franklin Township or another local town. Irrespective of where in the Hunterdon County court system your case is pending, hiring the right attorney is extremely important.

We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a ten (10) attorney criminal defense firm with an office in Flemington New Jersey. There are many qualifications that make us a formidable candidate to defend you including over 200 years of combined experience defending criminal charges like the one you are presently facing. Most of the lawyers at our office are former prosecutors, including members who have served as Directors of Divisions like Major Crimes, Juvenile, Gangs Task Force and even the entire Trial Team. Our accomplishments have earned us many honors and distinctions such as certification by the New Jersey Supreme Court as criminal trial attorneys. We encourage you to take a close look at not only our credentials, but also those of the other lawyers you are considering. There is no doubt in our mind that you will be contacting our firm once you appreciate just how exceptional our experience is in criminal defense.

The lawyers at the firm are ready to defend your assault charge in Flemington, Readington, Bethlehem Township, Raritan Township, Clinton, Union Township, Holland Township, Alexandria, Bloomsbury, Lebanon, Tewksbury, Hampton, Glen Gardner, West Amwell, East Amwell, Stockton or Kingswood.

To speak to a highly skilled criminal attorney on our defense staff, contact our Flemington Office at 908-824-0855.  You can call anytime 24/7 for assistance and initial consultations are always free.

Defending Assault Charges Throughout Hunterdon County

There are countless scenarios in which someone can be charged with an assault or threat crime in New Jersey. While the classic bar fight is a common setting for this type of offense, these charges are probably encountered most often in Hunterdon County domestic violence cases. Irrespective of how you came to be arrested for assaulting or threatening someone, the best advice for you is to hire the most skilled attorney you can afford. This will ensure that you maximize the chances of avoiding a criminal record and consequences that always include the possibility of incarceration (i.e. jail or prison). Our lawyers are ready to invest all of their resources so that you obtain the best result to a Hunterdon County assault or threat charge such as:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault by Auto
  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Eluding
  • Stalking

Enlisting a defense lawyer who is skilled in defending these types of offenses is extremely important since the penalties at sentencing are significant. A first degree crime results in 10-20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $200,000. A second degree crime like eluding or aggravated assault carries 5-10 years in prison and a fine that can reach $150,000. You can be imprisoned for up to 18 months and face a $10,000 fine for a fourth degree crime. Even a misdemeanor assault offense (i.e. disorderly persons offense) can land you in the county jail for up to 6 months and result in a fine of up to $1,000. You cannot afford to walk into court within anything short of a skilled attorney with life changing ramifications, such as these, hanging over your head..

Our Firm Is Ready To Defend Your Assault Charges in Raritan Township Or Elsewhere In The County

Raritan Township is historically the busiest municipality in Hunterdon County for criminal charges. During the six months ending in December 2018, there were 128 indictable crimes of the first, second, third and fourth degree processed by the police and another 360 disorderly persons offenses filed in Raritan Township Municipal Court. The Hunterdon County Superior Court is located in Flemington so it isn’t surprising that it was not far beyond in terms of criminal cases filed during the same period. Flemington Municipal Court processed 440 criminal violations of its own, including:

  • Harassment
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Simple Assault
  • Obstructing the Administration of Law
  • Disorderly Conduct

Attorneys who are savvy advocates and familiar with these and other courts in Hunterdon County can often secure a downgrade of a disorderly persons offense to a municipal ordinance. This allows the client to avoid a criminal record and many of the penalties previously described. Our team of former prosecutors is ready to utilize its skills so that you can secure a similar outcome or perhaps even an outright dismissal of your assault offense.

Readington NJ Assault Attorney

The Hunterdon County municipality of Readington ranks second in population. There are 16,126 residents in this township so it naturally follows that the Readington Police Department has occasion to process quite a few assault charges annually. While most of these complaints and indictments resulted in cases falling within the authority of the Readington Municipal Court, there were also some second degree eluding, third degree aggravated assault and other indictable crimes filed in the town. These types of assault related offenses are obviously very serious because they carry the potential for length state prison sentences. Hiring an experienced criminal attorney like those on our staff is imperative when the stakes are as extreme as these. Lawyers who have successfully battled charges like yours in the past can provide the protection you need. This is exactly what our team can provide to you with decades of knowledge and countless stories of success.

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has lawyers with the know-how to thoroughly defend your assault offense in Flemington, Raritan Township, Clinton, Lebanon, Readington, Union Township, Tewksbury, East Amwell, Bethlehem Township, Alexandria, Bloomsbury, Stockton, Hampton, Holland Township, West Amwell, Glen Gardner or Kingswood.

If you have been arrested or charged with an assault offense anywhere in Hunterdon County, contact our office in Flemington at 908-824-0855 for immediate assistance from a lawyer with the qualifications to help you.