Garfield NJ Simple Assault Defense Attorneys
Garfield NJ Simple Assault Charges Dismissed – N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a
Travis J. Tormey recently represented a client in the Garfield Municipal Court who was charged with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a). Our client had no prior criminal history and the charges arose during a dispute with his landlord. Initially, the alleged victim refused to drop the charges and insisted on proceeding to trial. However, Mr. Tormey assisted our client in filing a cross-complaint for simple assault against the other party based on the altercation. Then, since the other party was now also facing charges and concerned about his permanent record, Mr. Tormey was able to negotiate a mutual dismissal whereby both parties agreed to drop the charges against each other. This was a fantastic result for the client, who was able to preserve his clean record.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons criminal offense in New Jersey. The crime is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a), which provides, in pertinent part:
§ 2C:12-1. Assault
a. Simple assault. A person is guilty of assault if he:
(1) Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(2) Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(3) 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.
If you or a loved one has been charged with simple assault in New Jersey, contact our Hackensack offices anytime for a free initial consultation at (201)-330-4979.