Seaside Heights Criminal Attorney: Assault & Fighting
Former Municipal Prosecutor
A verbal exchange can quickly turn into a physical confrontation with a resulting arrest and charge of Assault and Fighting. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is a criminal defense law firm which defends individuals charged with assault related offenses in Seaside Heights. Our staff of attorneys has years of experience representing individuals in Seaside Heights and includes Jonathan F. Marshall, a former prosecutor in several area municipalities. A criminal lawyer from our law office is available to discuss your case immediately and, if you decide to retain us, an attorney will formulate a defense strategy based on the facts of your Seaside Heights Assault complaint, ticket or summons. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have been arrested or charged in Seaside Heights. Initial consultations with our attorneys are free of charge. The information has been provided for your assistance.
Assault or Fighting Complaint in Seaside Heights
A Seaside Heights Police Officer has two options for charging someone with Assault or Fighting. The officer can arrest or charge the person by issuing a ticket or summons under the local Seaside Heights Municipal Ordinance. This Ordinance couches a violation in terms of public nuisance or disturbance. A violation of the ordinance carries up to $1,250 in fines and up to ninety (90) days in jail. The second option for the police officer is to charge an assault under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 of New Jersey’s Criminal Code. That statute prohibits any intentional physical contact that is offensive. If a simple assault is committed under the statute, a conviction carries up to six (6) months in jail in most cases. Individuals charged under either the Seaside Heights Municipal Ordinance or N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, should strongly consider retaining an attorney to defend them as the potential punishment for a conviction is significant and will result in a criminal record.
Scenarios Where Assault Charges Typically Arise in Seaside Heights
- A consensual physical altercation or fight on the street, in some public venue, or in a bar.
- An encounter with a bar patron or bouncer which becomes physical.
- A domestic incident which mushrooms into a physical contact between residents or visitors.
If you find yourself charged with assault or fighting in Seaside Heights, the lawyers at our criminal defense law firm can assist you. Your questions and concerns will be addressed, and an experienced attorney will craft a plan for defending you should you decide to hire our firm. Please do not hesitate to contact us as a lawyer is happy to speak to you free of charge.