Hopewell Township Simple Assault Lawyer
It is not uncommon for criminal defendants to face simple assault charges in the Hopewell Township municipal court. While it may not sound serious, simple assault charges have the potential to seriously impact your life if you are convicted. You may be sent to jail, and will have a criminal record that can be searched in a background check. You could also develop a reputation because of your conviction. These negative consequences are what makes it so important for you to fight your simple assault charges. The simple assault attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are highly skilled professionals with decades of experience handling simple assault cases just like yours. Never hesitate to contact us anytime you need us by calling 609–683–8102 to speak to one of our simple assault lawyer in a free initial consultation about your situation.
There Are Multiple Ways To Be Convicted of Simple Assault in New Jersey
Simple assault, which is detailed in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, is generally considered a disorderly persons offense that consists of several different offenses, each of which can result in a simple assault conviction. For instance, a defendant could be convicted of simple assault if the defendant:
- Attempts to cause bodily injury to another or causes bodily harm to another knowingly, purposely or recklessly.
- Negligently causes bodily harm to another with a deadly weapon.
- Purposely or knowingly attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
- Intentionally engages in a fight by mutual consent.
With so many ways for the prosecution to establish a grounds for conviction, it is critical to your freedom and the preservation of your rights that you hire a seasoned criminal defense lawyer with experience handling simple assault defense. Your defense strategy is important for getting your simple assault charges dismissed or reduced to a lower grade offense.
Simple Assault Grading In New Jersey
The more serious an assault is, the more harsh the grading assigned to the charge. Grading of offenses correspond to the penalties associated with a conviction for the offense.The grading for assault in New Jersey include:
- Petty disorderly person offenses. When an assault was consensual, as in the case of a consensual fist fight or scuffle,the resulting simple assault is graded as a petty disorderly persons offense.
- Disorderly person offenses. Most simple assault offenses are graded as disorderly persons offenses.
- Aggravated assault. When instances of assault are more serious than simple assault, the charges are often upgraded to aggravated assault. Aggravated assaults are often graded as either 2nd degree, 3rd degree or 4th degree offenses.
If you are facing simple assault charges in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, you are going to need a highly-skilled criminal defense attorney in your corner fighting for you the whole way. The simple assault attorneys at the Marshall firm have been working with residents of Hopewell Township and the surrounding areas for many decades and we look forward to helping you prepare your strongest possible defense against your simple assault charges.
Preparing A Defense To Simple Assault Charges
Depending on the unique circumstances of your simple assault offense, your criminal defense attorney will help you prepare your best possible defense strategy. Your defense could rely on the prosecution being unable to establish each and every element of the simple assault charge to convince you, or it could involve some other defense such as you were acting in self-defense to protect yourself or others when the alleged crime took place. After a thorough consultation, your lawyer will it be able to identify the defenses that are available to you as well as all of your legal options.
Reach Out To A Simple Assault Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
At the Law Offices of Jonathann F. Marshall, we understand that our clients are facing a tough situation and we want to help. We have been helping people in Hopewell Township get their simple assault charges dismissed or reduced for a long time, and we want to put our years of experience to work for you. Please contact us at 609–683–8102 to speak to an attorney immediately about your particular situation. Attorneys are available 24/7 for free consultations.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.