The most common charge that arises when someone is involved in a fight or some form of physical confrontation is simple assault. This offense represents one of the primary blocks of disorderly persons offense heard in the Middletown Municipal Court. When a deadly weapon, a police officer is the victim, or results the simple assault results in serious injuries, the charge escalates to aggravated assault which can only be heard at the Monmouth County Superior Court. If you were arrested for either variety of assault or even disorderly conduct, our Middletown criminal lawyers have the tenacity and skill you require. With multiple former prosecutors right from the area, we are well suited to defend your charges.
Middletown Simple Assault Charges
The offense of simple assault is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a). A person is guilty of this charge if he/she does any of the following:
- Attempts to cause bodily injury;
- Purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury;
- Negligently causes bodily injury with a deadly weapon; or
- Attempts to put someone into fear of serious injury by physical menace.
If an individual engages in any of these acts, they commit a disorderly persons offense. The only exception to this grading is where the conduct arises out of a fight or scuffle by mutual consent and then it is a petty disorderly persons offense. The maximum penalties for a 2C:12-1(a) violation is a $1,000 fine and six (6) months in jail.
Arrested For Assault In Middletown NJ
Whether you were arrested because of a bar fight, an altercation with your neighbor, or a domestic confrontation, charges like these are no joke. The situation only gets that much worse when the alleged victim a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend who files a restraining order. When this happens, you not only have to battle a criminal charge for either simple assault or aggravated assault, but must also answer a temporary restraining order. It is important that you take charges seriously, even if it is limited to a simple assault offense in Middletown Municipal Court, because a criminal record and the potential for jail can significantly impact your employment, family and future.
Middletown Simple Assault Defense Lawyers
As mainstays in Monmouth County and even Middletown for at least 20 years now, our firm is very well acquainted with how things work in the court system. When you couple this with the experience that comes with having defended hundreds of simple assault offenses, you have a formidable combination for results. If you would like to discuss your case in person, do not hesitate to contact our Tindall Road Office approximately one mile from the Middletown Municipal Court. An attorney is also available immediately by telephone for free consultation.