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NJ Simple Assault Lawyer – 2C:12-1(a)

Although your simple assault charge may have arisen from a minor altercation or even a misunderstanding, it is important that you take the charge very seriously. If you are convicted of simple assault in New Jersey, you could be looking at severe punishments such as heavy fines, loss of your driver’s license, and even jail time. It will also result in a permanent criminal charge for simple assault on your record. A violent offense like that can cause you serious problems in terms of employment, school, professional licenses, etc. For a free consultation with a Bloomfield simple assault attorney, contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at 201-556-1570.

The Tormey Law Firm represents clients facing simple assault charges throughout Essex County, including Newark, Belleville, and Irvington. Our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys has successfully handled thousands of simple assault cases in Superior Court and Municipal Court, so we know what it takes to win your simple assault case. The firm also has a former county and municipal prosecutor on staff who used to prosecute simple assault charges for the State. This gives us an edge when we represent you in court. For examples of our recent successes, check out the firm’s Successful Assault Verdicts and Settlements page.

In fact, Mr. Tormey received the AVVO clients choice awards in 2013 and 2014. He was also named one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40 In New Jersey in 2014 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He was also heralded as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in the Nation in 2014 by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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If you have been charged with simple assault, it is imperative that you act quickly. Call the Tormey Law Firm today at 201-654-3464 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced criminal defense lawyers.

Simple Assault Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)

The NJ Criminal Code classifies simple assault as a disorderly persons offense or a petty disorderly persons offense. The exact classification, and the potential penalties, is determined by the circumstances of the offense. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a), simple assault occurs when you:

  1. Purposely, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to someone else.
  2. Negligently cause bodily injury while using a deadly weapon.
  3. Use physical menace to put another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury

When the altercation stems from a fight entered into by mutual consent, the charge is classified as a petty disorderly persons offense. Otherwise, it is a disorderly persons offense.

Essex County Simple Assault Penalties

You need to take your simple assault charge seriously because the penalties are no joke. If you are convicted, you may be sentenced to six months in jail and fined up to $1,000. Additionally, you could be left with a permanent criminal record for simple assault on your criminal case history (known as a “CCH”). Beyond that, you could lose your driver’s license and your right to own a firearm in the State of New Jersey.

Enhanced Penalties for Aggravated Assault

In the worst cases, your simple assault charge could be elevated to aggravated assault. Since aggravated assault is classified as a felony-level offense, you will have to appear in the county Superior Court and you may be sentenced to a term of incarceration in state prison.

Contact a Simple Assault Attorney in East Orange, NJ

If you or a loved one has been charged with simple assault in Essex County, NJ, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm can assist you. We have a reputation for winning in the courtroom, which gives us an edge when it comes to negotiating simple assault charges with the prosecutor. Regardless of the situation, we are prepared to fight you charges and secure the best possible outcome to your case. Call us today at 201-654-3464, or email us to schedule a free consultation.

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