Union Township Simple Assault Attorney
An argument can quickly escalate and turn into a physical altercation that results in a simple assault offense. This could explain why our Union Township Office receives so many calls regarding simple assault charges. If you have been charged with simple assault in Union NJ, it is important that you take the violation seriously since it can lead to a criminal record and a host of penalties. Hiring an attorney who is skilled defending simple assault in Union Municipal Court is precisely the answer for combating the risk of these consequences.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has the experience, the legal knowledge, and the determination to achieve the most favorable outcome possible in Union simple assault case. Our attorneys include former prosecutors who now devote their talents to defending individuals facing criminal charges throughout Union County and especially in the municipality of Union where our office is located. The lawyers on our defense team have over a century of collective experience and understand the anxiety and fear associated with being arrested for simple assault. They are are available around the clock to offer trusted legal advice and representation no matter when you need them. Call us at 908-272-1700 to speak to a lawyer immediately.
Simple Assault Charge in Union New Jersey
Simple assault is found in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a) which prohibits the following conduct: (1) purposely, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person; (2) attempting to cause bodily injury to another person; (3) using a weapon to negligently cause bodily injury; or (4) menacing that puts someone in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Conduct falling within one of these four categories results in an enhanced offense of aggravated assault if the victim is an individual afforded heightened protection under 2C:12-1,including:
- Police or law enforcement officer
- Emergency medical services worker
- School personnel, including teachers, administrators and bus drivers
- Division of Child Protection and Permanency employees
- Bus drivers and other public transportation operators
If the alleged victim of a Union simple assault is someone to whom you are married or involved in a domestic relationship, the incident may constitute domestic violence and provide a basis for issuance of a restraining order against you. Further contact between you and the victim when the temporary restraining order is in place can result in additional charges for violation a restraining order, also referred to as contempt.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense. A conviction under 2C:12-1(a) allows the judge in Union Township Municipal Court to sentence you to up to six months in the Union County Jail and impose a fine of up to $1,000. If the conduct was part of a fight to which each of the participants consented, the charge could be a petty disorderly persons offense punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $500.
A simple assault committed against police officers and any of the other occupations enumerated in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), can result in issuance of felony criminal charges for a fourth degree crime, third degree crime or even a second degree crime. Punishment could include up to 10 years in prison and substantial fines. For additional information on this subject, referred to Union NJ Aggravated Assault Charge.
Union Township simple assault attorney
Self-defense is only one of the defenses a Union Township simple assault attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall might identify from carefully reviewing the facts surrounding your case. It is therefore in your best interests to take the time to speak to one of our lawyers in a free consultation. A lawyer is available immediately to assist you at 908-272-1700.