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Aggravated Assault at a Youth Sporting Event

Scotch Plains NJ Aggravated Assault Lawyers

A physical encounter at a youth sporting event can seamlessly result in an aggravated assault offense.  All that is required is for someone to commit a simple assault at a football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball or similar sport event in order for a N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(f) violation to arise. If you were charged in this manner in Plainfield, Linden, Westfield, Rahway, Cranford or another municipality in Union County, you are facing an indictable criminal charge in Elizabeth that can land you in jail for as much as 18 months. This should be ample reason for you to take selection of a criminal attorney seriously. The lawyers at our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have over 1o0 years of combined experience defending clients arrested for aggravated assault at youth sporting events. An attorney with the tools necessary, including one of our several former prosecutors, is available for free consultation 24/7. To reach a lawyer now for the assistance you need, contact our Union Township Law Office at 908-272-1700.

Charged With Aggravated Assault For A Fight At A Sporting Event

A simple assault is elevated to an aggravated assault in accordance with subsection (f) of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 when it occurs “in the presence of a child under 16 years of age” at a school or community sponsored youth sports event. The term “school or community sponsored youth sports event” includes any game, competition, practice or instructional event. The term does not include college or professional sporting events. The fact that the defendant lacked knowledge that child under 16 were present is no defense to this offense. A reasonable belief that the children were 16 or older also is no defense. This violation is a strict liability crime that applies so long as a simple assault has occurred at a qualifying event in the presence of someone under 16 years of age.

A conviction for this offense is a fourth degree crime. As such, a case involving a violation of 2C:12-1(f) can only be decided at the Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth NJ. This is the courthouse with jurisdiction to hear indictable crimes of the fourth degree. The penalties at the time of sentencing for fourth degree aggravated assault include a fine of up to $10,000 and the possibility of a state prison incarceration for 18 months. 

Summit NJ Aggravated Assault Attorneys

Summit has plenty of youth sports programs where parents can become embroiled in arguments and encounters that can mushroom into physical contact. Major legal issues arise when this line is crossed because it triggers a felony criminal offense for aggravated assault. A conviction for this charge can significantly impact your future as you can be incarcerated for over a year and face thousands of dollars in monetary penalties. Hiring a skilled lawyer is a must when the stakes are as high as these. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are well suited to serve you in this role as former prosecutors that make up a team with over 100 years of experience. If you were arrested for aggravated assault in Elizabeth, Summit, Scotch Plains, Union Township or Winfield for an alleged assault at a youth sporting event, we have the qualifications you need. Call us now at 908-272-1700 for immediately assistance.