What to Know About Assault Charges in New Jersey

If you were charged with assault in New Jersey, you can expect to face serious penalties. Reach out to our dedicated and experienced Bergen County assault defense attorneys to learn more. We are on your side.

What are the different types of assault charges in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey recognizes a number of different types of assault that differ in both their severity and consequences. An individual can still encounter serious charges and penalties even if he or she did not generate real physical harm. A failed assault attempt can still result in criminal charges in addition to other threats that cause victims to fear for their protection. The most frequent assault charges in New Jersey include:

  • Simple assault: This kind of assault refers to when a person tries to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another; or negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or attempts by physical menace to input fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Usually, these charges do not have as severe consequences because they do not usually involve a weapon and cause little harm. The penalties for a simple assault charge include up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Aggravated assault: In the event that an individual purposely or knowingly causes injury to another individual with a deadly weapon, it will fit under this category. With this charge, the results are much more serious and can result in up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $150,000.

What is the No Early Release Act?

Note that individuals who have been convicted of violent crimes in New Jersey are typically subject to the state’s No Early Release Act. Under this law, those who have been convicted of certain violent crimes are required to serve at least 85 percent of their time before they are qualified to request parole.

If you are encountering this situation, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today and retain the services of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney that can fight on your behalf. Our legal team understands that your life is on the line, and we will do everything we can to protect you and your future.

Contact our Firm

If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you need strong legal defense. Contact the Law Office of Carl Spector for dedicated representation. With over 30 years of experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, he offers a unique perspective on how both sides think, and how to best approach each aspect of the case. When your future is on the line, don’t settle for less than the best possible legal representation. Contact an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney who will aggressively fight for you. Call today for a free confidential consultation. Let our experience work for you.