Charged with Assault? You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side
Our Woodbridge Criminal Lawyers Can Defend You Against Assault Charges
Assault is generally a minor criminal charge, but it can still have serious consequences. Assault charges can leave a permanent bad mark on your record, potentially impacting your ability to work and rent a home. Worse, a conviction could lead to jail time. However, depending on the circumstances of your case, different defense strategies may be possible. If you acted in self-defense, for example, you may be able to have the charged dismissed entirely, though you must have evidence and a strong legal strategy. Therefore, if you are facing charges of criminal assault, it is essential that you find a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who can immediately work toward getting your charges dismissed or downgraded, if possible.
At Spevack Law Firm, our Woodbridge criminal lawyers have defended countless clients against claims of assault and other criminal charges across New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with assault, then contact our criminal defense lawyers today. We can begin working immediately to investigate the incident and gather evidence for your defense.
What are the Possible Defenses Against Assault Charges?
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, your attorney can use one of several different and powerful defenses in your assault case. These may include:
- Self-defense. Individuals charged with assault are often involved in situations where they defended themselves against attacks but faced criminal charges anyway. If that is the case, then your criminal defense lawyer can point out these circumstances in court. Your lawyer may argue that the other party forced you into a conflict and you are therefore innocent of assault.
- Defense of others. If you injured someone in a conflict while defending someone else, then the court may dismiss the charges. In these cases, your attorney may explain that your actions were an attempt to prevent physical harm to another individual.
- Mutual fighting. The court may downgrade your assault charges to a low-level offense if you can prove that the assault stemmed from a mutual fight. While the court may still charge you with a crime and make you pay a fine, these consequences are minimal and not as life-altering as an assault conviction.
When law enforcement responds to a fight, they may not understand what happened and often must rely on witness testimony. As a result, you may find yourself facing assault charges even if you acted in self-defense. Additionally, many find that the charges are much more serious than necessary. It is therefore imperative that you contact a criminal attorney quickly to give yourself the best chance of a strong defense.
Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault Charges in New Jersey Definitions
Assault charges can range from minor misdemeanors (called “disorderly persons offenses” in New Jersey law) to serious federal crimes. In general, there are two main categories for assault charges: simple assault and aggravated assault. However, there are several different types of specific charges within each category. These categories depend on the severity of the injuries that result as well as other factors, such as weapon use.
The distinction between simple and aggravated assault is:
- Simple assault – This is a misdemeanor crime (disorderly persons offense) that can result in minor injuries like a black eye, scratches or bruises, inflicted with or without a weapon. Threats that put a person in reasonable fear for their safety can also result in a criminal charge. A conviction of simple assault usually results in a fine or a sentence of less than a year in jail.
- Aggravated assault – This is a felony charge that could land you in state prison for several years. This type of assault often results in serious injuries like broken bones or cuts that require stitches. In many cases, aggravated assault involves use of a deadly weapon as well. Typically, any assault on a law enforcement officer or other official while they are on duty is automatically aggravated assault.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney may petition the court to dismiss or downgrade your aggravated assault charge to a simple assault. Having an attorney represent your case could save you from possibly serving years in prison.
Need Help with Assault Charges? Call Out Woodbridge Criminal Lawyers Now
Assault charges, whether they are felony or misdemeanor, can have a serious, negative impact on your life and future. Our team of New Jersey criminal defense lawyers can use everything at our disposal to fight your charges. We know what is at stake for you and we will work toward the best possible resolution for your case.
Our law offices in Iselin, New Brunswick and Teaneck allow us to offer criminal defense services across New Jersey. Our past clients include residents of Union County, Essex County as well as the surrounding cities and townships. If you or a loved one has been charged with assault, then contact us online or call one of our locations today to schedule a free consultation.