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Given the concentration of visitors to Point Pleasant Beach and the involvement of alcohol in many of the attractions, our lawyers are frequently retained to represent individuals charged or arrested for fighting or assault in the municipality. If you have been charged with fighting related offense in Point Pleasant Beach, our criminal attorneys can assist you. We routinely appear in Point Pleasant Beach, particularly in the summer, on simple assault, assault, and fighting in public offenses. An attorney from our criminal defense law firm will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding an arrest or charge and initial consultations are always without charge. Please do not hesitate to contact us as a lawyer is available to speak to you immediately. The following information is provided to assist individuals in understanding the law on this subject.
Fighting or Assault Charge in Point Pleasant Beach
When an individual is involved in a physical altercation, they are frequently charged with Simple Assault under New Jersey’s Criminal Code. Simple Assault is a disorderly persons offense and the elements of a simple assault charge are set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. For detailed information regarding this offense, readers are encouraged to consult our Simple Assault practice page which can be accessed from the Assault Offenses practice page above. A conviction for simple assault results in a criminal record, exposure to up to six (6) months in jail, and various fines and penalties. The Simple Assault Statute provides as follows:
a. Simple assault. A person is guilty of assault if he:
- Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
- Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
- Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense unless committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a petty disorderly persons offense.
In addition to the possibility of being charged under the Simple Assault Statute, an individual may be charged under the Point Pleasant Beach Fighting and Assault Ordinance. The Ordinance provides as follows:
Fighting is hereby prohibited within the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County. Fighting shall be defined as quarreling, brawling or otherwise misbehaving in a disorderly manner as to disturb the public peace in a public place.
A conviction under the municipal ordinance carriers up to 90 days in the County Jail, fines and other penalties. It is imperative that an individual treat a Simple Assault or Fighting Ordinance offense very seriously and retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer as jail is a possibility under either law.
Please feel free to contact the criminal attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall if you have been charged with assault or fighting in Point Pleasant Beach. A lawyer will assist you in defending the case and will answer all of your questions before deciding your next move. These types of offenses do not reflect favorably on an individuals record and we believe that our defense lawyers can provide the opportunity to avoid many of the risks associated with a conviction. An attorney from our law firm is accessible immediately and consultations are free of charge.