Former Prosecutors That Have The Experience & Skill To Successfully Defend Your Simple Assault Charge in Readington, Raritan Township, Clinton, Flemington, East Amwell or Elsewhere in Hunterdon County
Simple assault is definitely one of the most frequently encountered disorderly persons offenses in the Hunterdon County municipal court system. It is a charge that arises in endless contexts in Readington, Raritan Township, Clinton and other local courts including as a result of domestic violence, bar fights, neighbor disputes and any other scenario where two or more individuals get physical. Irrespective of how you came to be charged with simple assault, representation by the best attorney you can find is crucial to your avoiding a criminal record and penalties.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a powerhouse NJ criminal defense firm that has vast experience defending clients arrested for simple assault in Hunterdon County. Most of the attorneys at the firm are former prosecutors that possess over 15 years in practice. Collectively, the 10 lawyers on our team have been practicing for well over 200 years with countless dismissals of simple assault charges. If you would like to speak to a lawyer who can answer all your questions and develop a plan to successfully defend you, contact our Flemington Office at 908-824-0855 for a free consultation.
Simple Assault Charge in Hunterdon County
Almost all incidents of simple assault in Hunterdon County end up in municipal court. The reason is because simple assault is a disorderly persons offense that falls under the jurisdiction of the municipal court where the offense was allegedly committed. A simple assault escalates into a New Jersey aggravated assault charge, however, when the victim is a police officer, teacher, EMT or other individual falling under the heightened protection set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(5). A simple assault is committed when someone:
- Attempts to cause bodily injury
- Knowingly, purposely or recklessly causes bodily injury
- Negligently causes bodily injury with a deadly weapon
- Engages in physical menacing to cause fear of imminent and serious bodily injury
A key point to keep in mind in terms of proving a simple assault offense is the fact that “bodily injury” is sustained relatively easily. All it takes for someone to sustain bodily injury is for them to suffer momentary pain or impairment. The classic example used in this context is the pain caused by a slap to the face.
Domestic Violence & Simple Assault. When the victim of simple assault is the defendant’s wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone who otherwise qualifies under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, a temporary restraining order may be issued. What this means is that a person charged with simple assault by the police in towns like Union Township, Lebanon or Tewksbury may face both criminal prosecution in municipal court and a parallel family court proceeding to determine whether the temporary restraining order shall become final.
Penalties for Simple Assault. The punishment that may be imposed at sentencing for simple assault includes a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in the Hunterdon County Jail, VCCB Assessment of $50, Safe Neighborhood Fund Assessment of $75, $33 in court costs, probation and/or a driver’s license suspension.
Conditional Dismissal. New Jersey has a diversionary program termed Conditional Dismissal that allows an individual to avoid a conviction for simple assault and other disorderly persons offenses. The program is reserved to individuals who have never been afforded a diversion previously and typically requires completion of one (1) year of probation.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defend simple assault charges throughout Hunterdon County, including Clinton, Lebanon, Readington, Franklin Township, Raritan Township, Tewksbury, Union Township, Holland, Alexandria, Flemington, East Amwell, Bethlehem, West Amwell, Lambertville, Delaware Township, High Bridge, Glen Gardner, Hampton, Frenchtown, Milford, Califon, Bloomsbury and Stockton.
Simple Assault Lawyer in Hunterdon County New Jersey
We certainly appreciate the turmoil that has probably been caused by the simple assault charge you are facing in East Amwell, Holland Township, Flemington or elsewhere in Hunterdon County. It is only understandable that you are concerned about what you are up against. You can eliminate a lot of your stress by enlisting the services of a savvy simple assault defense attorney. The lawyers at our firm are prepared to represent you in this capacity and have exactly what you need with over 200 years of combined experience effectively defending simple assault offenses in Hunterdon County. Call 908-824-0855 to speak to a lawyer in our Flemington Office anytime 24/7.
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