West Windsor Simple Assault Lawyer
An individual can face a simple assault offense in West Windsor for a variety of reasons. Irrespective of how you ended up being charged with simple assault, it is important that you know some basics concerning the charge you are facing. It is also important that you consult a knowledgeable lawyer to learn what can be accomplished on your behalf. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall we can offer you representation by a team of criminal attorneys with qualifications that are truly rare. We have over 100 years of experience, are former prosecutors, and have handled thousands of cases just like the one you are facing in West Windsor Municipal Court. An attorney with the expertise you need is just a telephone call away for a free initial consultation. Call us 24/7 at 609–683–8102 to speak to one of our attorneys immediately.
Simple Assault Offense in West Windsor New Jersey
Since simple assault encompasses multiple scenarios it is one of the charges most commonly heard in the West Windsor Township municipal court. An individual who was involved in a fight, was accused of attempting to harm another, or a person who injured someone with a weapon through negligence rather than intent can all be charged with simple assault under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. Once in court the prosecutor and police must prove that you committed the crime that you are accused of beyond a reasonable doubt. Though the burden of proof lies on the prosecution, without qualified legal representation you may have a difficult time overcoming allegations that you knowingly, purposefully, negligently, or intentionally committed the simple assault. You also need to keep in mind that a simple assault can occur under 2C:12-1 even without causing injury if you engaged in conduct that was physically menacing and it put the alleged victim in fear of injury. Simple assault can also fall under the definition of domestic violence giving your alleged victim the option of getting a restraining order against you that could further impact your life.
Being found guilty of a West Windsor simple assault has the ability to impact your life permanently making it difficult to secure worthwhile employment, gain custody of your children in the event of your divorce, or maintain your immigration status. You also face penalties for a disorderly persons offense that include a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months in the Mercer County Jail. If your encounter was the result of a consensual fight then the violation is a petty disorderly offense. The penalties for a petty disorderly persons offense include up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.
Aggravated Assault Charge in West Windsor
When a simple assault is committed on a police officer or other individual afforded heightened protection under under 2C:12-1b(5), the offense escalates to an aggravated assault charge. There are also many other ways someone can commit an aggravated assault in West Windsor, including causing significant bodily injury or serious bodily injury. Aggravated assault is a felony crime of the fourth degree, third degree or second degree. Jurisdiction to decide a West Windsor aggravated assault rests with the Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton.
West Windsor NJ Simple Assault Defense Attorney
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall take pride in representing individuals accused of simple assault and aggravated assault in West Windsor Township. We are known for providing highly competent representation that frequently results in dismissal/acquittal. As members of one of the state’s largest criminal defense firms and lawyers that routinely appear in West Windsor Municipal Court and the Superior Court in Trenton, we know the ins and outs of the court system. To speak to an attorney immediately about what occurred to lead to your being charged, contact us anytime 24/7. A lawyer is available to assist you now at 609–683–8102.
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.