Hunterdon County Assault Lawyers
Simple assault is certainly one of the most frequently filed disorderly persons offenses in the Hunterdon County municipal court system. This charge comes in endless contexts in Raritan Township, Clinton Readington, and other local courts. It is often a result of domestic violence, neighbor disputes, bar fights and any other situation where two or more individuals get physical. No matter how you got charged with simple assault, being represented by the best attorney you can find is critical to your avoiding a criminal record and penalties.
A Charge of Simple Assault in Hunterdon County
Nearly all incidents of simple assault in Hunterdon County are heard in municipal court. This is because simple assault is a disorderly persons offense that comes under the jurisdiction of the municipal court where the alleged offense was committed. A simple assault becomes an aggravated assault charge when the victim is a police officer, teacher, EMT or other individual who falls under the heightened protection provided in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(5). A simple assault takes place when someone:
- Attempts to inflict bodily injury
- Knowingly, purposely or recklessly inflicts bodily injury
- Negligently inflicts bodily injury with a deadly weapon
- Takes part in physical menacing to cause fear of imminent and serious bodily injury
One key point to keep in mind in terms of proving a simple assault offense is the fact that “bodily injury” is sustained relatively easily. All it takes for a person to sustain bodily injury is for them to have a momentary pain or impairment. The classic example of this is the pain caused by a slap in the face.
Simple Assault in Domestic Violence Cases
When the victim of simple assault is the defendant’s spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or an individual who qualifies under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, a temporary restraining order can be issued. What this means is that an individual charged with simple assault by police in towns like Union Township or Tewksbury could be facing two proceedings. The criminal prosecution would be in municipal court. Then, a concurrent family court proceeding would be held to determine whether the temporary restraining order shouild become final.
Possible Penalties for Simple Assault
The repercussions for simple assault at sentencing for includes a maximum fine of $1,000, up to 6 months in the Hunterdon County Jail, a $50.00 VCCB Assessment, Safe Neighborhood Fund Assessment of $75, $33 in court costs, probation and/or suspension of your driver’s license.
The New Jersey Conditional Dismissal Program
The state of New Jersey has a diversionary program known as Conditional Dismissal that permits an individual to evade a conviction for simple assault and other disorderly persons offenses. The program is for individuals who have never been in a diversion before. It typically requires completion of a one (1) year probation term.
The attorneys at Spodek Law Group defend simple assault charges all over Hunterdon County, including Clinton, Lebanon, Tewksbury, Readington, Franklin Township, Raritan Township, Union Township, Holland, Alexandria Bethlehem,, Flemington, East Amwell, West Amwell, Lambertville, Delaware Township, High Bridge, Glen Gardner, Hampton, Califon, Frenchtown, Milford, Bloomsbury and Stockton.
Simple Assault Attorneys in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
We are well aware of the turmoil that has been caused by the simple assault charge you are facing in Holland Township, East Amwell, Flemington or elsewhere in Hunterdon County. Your concern about what you are up against is understandable. You can eliminate much of your stress by enlisting the services of a well informed simple assault defense attorney. The lawyers at Spodek Law Group are prepared to represent you in your time of need. Call today for your free consultation.