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Assault is one of the most common charges in New Jersey criminal courts because simple disagreements can escalate into heated arguments very quickly. In many cases, an experienced criminal lawyer can mount a successful defense on your behalf, helping to resolve the charges and help you avoid jail time and fines.
If you are facing assault charges in Union, Essex or Somerset counties in Northern New Jersey, don’t go it alone. Contact criminal defense lawyers Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC for a free consultation about your charge. Our legal team is comprised of battle-tested litigators and former criminal prosecutors. Every day, we use our experience and inside knowledge to fight four our clients in serious criminal defense cases, such as those involving assault charges. We will use this knowledge to pursue positive results in your case.
New Jersey has two classifications of assault: simple assault and aggravated assault. Factors influencing the specific type of assault include the seriousness of the injury, whether or not weapons were involved, whether the act was committed intentionally, and more.
In fact, New Jersey defines certain activities to be simple assaults even if no injury occurred. To be charged with simple assault, a person doesn’t even need to inflict harm. The charge can be the result of attempts to cause bodily injury. Simple assault and battery is often associated with domestic violence cases.
One common factor of all assaults is that they are all considered criminal offenses in New Jersey. Aggravated assaults are further classified by their severity, with second, third and fourth degree designations. Aggravated assault can be the result of a violent bar fight, fighting back against a police officer resisting arrest and/or a variety of other situations.
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At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, we have a deep understanding of complex assault charges in New Jersey. No two cases are the same which is why we customize all defense strategies. This is not a not one-size-fits-all law firm. We have been a reputation for being tenacious litigators and skilled negotiators. When you are fighting assault charges in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Clark, Cranford, Cherry Hill, Plainfield, Florham Park, Newark, or anywhere throughout New Jersey, invite you to rely on the sound legal guidance offered by the experienced criminal defense lawyers of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC.
In addition to prison, individuals convicted of assault in New Jersey are facing fines, having to pay restitution to the victim, court-ordered electronic monitoring and anger management classes. Convictions also stay with you for the rest of your life in the form of a permanent record. Criminal convictions seriously affect educational, employment and housing opportunities. Assault is certainly no exception.
A second degree aggravated assault is a serious charge and a conviction can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Any person convicted of a second degree aggravated assault must serve 85 percent of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The bottom line is, if you have been accused of assault you may face prison, jail time or probation. You must answer to these charges to protect your rights. Your best line of defense is to find a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in assault cases.
With several former prosecutors and over 25 years of criminal defense law experience, the attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are prepared to fight to protect your rights in Somerset, Union and across New Jersey. We will help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Our legal team will also guide you through the entire process, allowing you to understand the charges against you so that you’re not in the dark. We will determine the most effective strategy, based on the unique aspects of your case and we will fight hard to reduce or avoid severe criminal penalties.
Assault charges are a serious matter and require serious legal defense. We have years of experience with assault cases in New Jersey. We know there are many ways to fight an assault charge. For example, we may be able to prove that both parties agreed to the fight or that the assault was an act of self-defense. If you are being falsely accused, we will fight tirelessly to prove your innocence.
There are a lot of variables to all assault defenses and we need to get started right away to protect your rights and interests as soon as possible. Contact our offices in Scotch Plains, Cherry Hill or Newark for a free consultation about your case. You may also complete the confidential contact form on this website.
The range of possible punishment for simple assault includes up to six months in jail. That only means that the judge can potentially impose jail time. If you have no prior criminal record, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can advocate on your behalf to reduce the chances that jail time will be imposed. In other words, a simple assault conviction does not always carry jail time.
The prosecution grades assault charges based upon the severity of the injuries inflicted and the circumstances surrounding the crime. The more serious the injury, the more serious the charges. Likewise, assault charges are graded more harshly if a weapon was involved or if the prosecution charges other serious crimes in addition to the assault charges.
Yes. The prosecution must prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced assault defense lawyer will investigate your case thoroughly to find any evidence that can poke holes in the prosecution’s case. Often, the prosecution’s evidence is weak or circumstantial. While it is not possible to promise that your charges will be dropped, having an experienced criminal defense team on your side gives you the best chance for a positive outcome.