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Simple Assault – N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)

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Hackensack Simple Assault Defense Lawyers

With offices at 254 State Street in Hackensack, New Jersey

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Simple Assault

Any kind of physical altercation in New Jersey can result in serious criminal charges and severe penalties. If you are convicted of simple assault, you could be looking at jail time, as well as a permanent blemish on your criminal record. Do not take any chances when it comes to your freedom or your future. Contact an experienced attorney today.

Travis J. Tormey is an experienced criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorney who represents clients charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, and disorderly conduct in New Jersey. Mr. Tormey appears regularly in courts throughout Bergen County, including Lodi, Hasbrouck Heights, and Montvale. He has handled criminal cases for years and focuses his practice solely on criminal defense and drunk driving defense. Mr. Tormey previously collaborated with the United States Attorney’s Office and worked closely with the gang task force, the white collar unit, and the sex crimes unit.

Contact Mr. Tormey’s Hackensack office anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation about your case and see below for additional information about simple assault charges in New Jersey.

Understanding Simple Assault Charges in New Jersey: An Overview


Simple Assault Charges in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)

Simple assault is a disorderly persons criminal offense in New Jersey. The crime is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a). The statute prohibits a person from purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to someone else. Simple assault is typically classified as a disorderly persons offense, which means that the penalties can be severe. A disorderly persons offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in the county jail. However, if the alleged simple assault was committed in a mutual fight or scuffle, it is a petty disorderly persons offense. These kinds of offenses are punishable by a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Additionally, if the alleged simple assault was committed in a domestic violence incident, a restraining order may also be issued.

Petty Disorderly Persons Offense, Disorderly Persons Offense, or Indictable (Felony) Assault Charges

An assault can have a wide array of consequences depending on how the charge is graded. This is up to the police officers making the arrest. The lowest charge is a mutual fight which is a petty disorderly persons offense which is the lowest level criminal charge in New Jersey. The second option is a simple assault which is a disorderly persons offense. A third option is a third degree aggravated assault felony charge which is punishable by 3-5 years in prison. The fourth option is a second degree aggravated assault which is punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

The degree of the charge will depend on the facts and circumstances of the incident, the nature and extent of the injuries to the alleged victim, whether or not a weapon was involved, etc. Just because an incident is charged a certain way, it doesn’t mean that the charges can not later be dropped down to a lower offense.

Call The Emerson Attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm to Discuss Your Simple Assault Case

For immediate assistance regarding your simple assault charges in New Jersey, contact our Morristown or Paramus office locations at (201)-330-4979 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. One of our experienced criminal defense attorneys will look over the details of your case and help you determine the best strategy going forward.

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