Aggravated Assault Lawyers & Simple Assault Lawyers
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Being accused of a crime is a traumatic experience. The accusation alone can have long-lasting effects on your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you’re facing an arrest for a crime, competent legal representation from an experienced attorney is critically important. The Law Offices of Hoffman DiMuzio has a highly experienced team of trial attorneys who have handled thousands of criminal cases. Our criminal defense attorneys work aggressively to protect your rights while fighting for justice.
Assault - Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault:
In New Jersey, Aggravated Assault is a very serious crime. Assault charges typically involve the purposeful, knowing, or reckless infliction of bodily injury to another person. Depending on various factors that are unique to the facts of a particular case, Aggravated Assault can be charged as either a Second, Third, or Fourth Degree Crime. The degree of crime for an Aggravated Assault charge is often dependent on the seriousness of the injury inflicted and/or the status of the victim (i.e. law enforcement officer versus private citizen). If the victim is a private citizen and the injuries sustained are relatively minor, the assault will likely be charged as Simple Assault, which is a disorderly persons offense.
The penalties for criminal offenses in New Jersey based on the degree of the offense are outlined below:
Felony Assault In NJ(Indictable Offenses):
- First Degree Crime: 10 to 20 years in prison and up to a $200,000 fine
- Second Degree Crime: 5 to 10 years in prison and up to a $150,000 fine
- Third Degree Crime: 3 to 5 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine
- Fourth Degree Crime: up to 18 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
Misdemeanor Assault In NJ (Disorderly Persons Offenses):
- Disorderly Persons Offense: up to 6 months in county jail and up to a $1000 fine
- Petty Disorderly Persons Offense: up to 30 days in county jail and up to a $500 fine
Given the significance of the potential punishment related to an Aggravated Assault conviction, it is especially important that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can thoroughly examine the unique facts and circumstances of your case and present any legal defenses to the charges on your behalf. Even in cases involving Simple Assault, it is vital that you have knowledgeable representation to make sure you are treated fairly and your rights protected. Depending on the facts of your particular case, we may be able to work toward having your charges dismissed by convincing the prosecutor that he or she can not prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
Additionally, even in those cases where the prosecution’s proofs are so strong that it would not be in a client’s best interest to take his or her case to trial and risk facing the maximum punishment prescribed by law, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio are frequently successful at getting the charges reduced while also helping clients avoid prison time.
Contact the proven criminal attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio at 856-637-3000 and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys who will answer any of your questions and explain your rights and options moving forward.
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