Union NJ Aggravated Assault Attorney
A disagreement over a parking space or something equally as insignificant can escalate and end up with you being arrested and charged with aggravated assault if someone suffers significant injuries or another circumstance set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) applies. If you are facing an aggravated assault offense in Union Township NJ, it is extremely important that you take the charge seriously since this violation always carries the possibility of years in state prison. This is the case whether the aggravated assault you are facing was filed as a second degree crime, third degree crime or fourth degree crime. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the pedigree to help you defend whatever variety of aggravated assault charge you are facing at the Union County Superior Court. A Union aggravated assault lawyer at our firm has the knowledge, skill and experience to pursue a hard-hitting and aggressive defense to whatever charges prosecutors file against you. We are former prosecutors with over 100 years of combined experience to utilize on your behalf. Contact our Union Office for trusted legal advice from a seasoned criminal attorney. Attorneys are available 24/7 for free consultations at 908-272-1700.
Union NJ Aggravated Assault Offense
The offense of aggravated assault is found in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) of the New Jersey Criminal Code. If you have been accused of aggravated assault in Union Township, you may be convicted on the charge for:
- Attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another person
- Causing serious bodily injury purposely or knowingly
- Recklessly causing serious bodily injury with extreme indifference to human life
- Causing or attempting to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon
- Recklessly causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon
- Pointing a firearm at another person knowingly and with extreme indifference to human life
- Commits simple assault in Union Township against an individual falling under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(5), such as a police officers, EMT, teacher or firefighter
Because it is an indictable offense under state law, your aggravated assault case cannot be heard in Union Township Municipal Court. Charges for aggravated assault may only be dealt with by the Superior Court in Elizabeth. This is where you will face this offense as opposed to locally. The same is the case if you are subject of a restraining order resulting from this incident of alleged domestic violence involving aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault penalties depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case which will determine under which subsection of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) you will charged and, if convicted, sentenced. Among the penalty options judges have available to them for each degree of crime chargeable under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) are the following:
- Second degree crime: Punishable by five to 10 years in prison and fines up to $150,000;
- Third degree crime: Punishable by three to five years in state prison and fines up to $15,000; and
- Fourth degree crime: Punishable by up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $10,000.
Other consequences of a conviction, in addition to having a criminal record, is that judges can impose mandatory counseling, restitution payments to the victim and other conditions as part of a sentence.
Union Aggravated Assault Defense Lawyer
An innovative aggravated assault lawyer from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will analyze the facts and evidence surrounding your case to identify all potential defenses or mitigating circumstances so that you charge may be reduced or even dismissed. You should also know that our attorneys have a rich history of successful outcomes on behalf of clients charge in Union New Jersey and elsewhere in Union County with over a century in practice between us. Contact an attorney at our firm by calling 908-272-1700 to schedule a free initial consultation.