What to Know About Assault Charges in New Jersey

When someone is convicted of assault in New Jersey, they will face severe consequences. New Jersey does not take violent crimes lightly. If you are facing such charges, it is important to understand what to expect. Continue reading to learn the types of assault, how simple assault can be upgraded, and how the No Early Release Act may affect you. You do not need to face these charges on your own. Gain the assistance of our experienced criminal defense attorney by contacting our firm. Our legal team is prepared to fight to protect your rights in court. Pick up the phone to schedule your initial consultation today.

Here are some questions you may have regarding assault charges in New Jersey:

What are the types of assault in New Jersey?

There are two categories that assault is dived into in New Jersey. Depending on the severity of the offense, the charges will vary. The two most common types of assault charges are as follows:

  • Aggravated assault: Aggravated assault is punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $150,000
  • Simple assault: Simple assault is considered a disorderly persons offense and is punishable by up to six months jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000

How can simple assault be upgraded?

When the assailant possesses a weapon during the act of assault, a simple assault can be upgraded. If there was the use of a deadly weapon while committing assault, the perpetrator will face harsher consequences including aggravated assault charges and penalties of $150,000 in fines, subjection to the provisions of the No Early Release Act, and up to 10 years in prison.

What is the No Early Release Act?

Individuals who convict certain violent crimes are subjects to the No Early Release Act. Under this act, these individuals are required to serve at leave 85 percent of their sentences before they are eligible to request parole.

If you are facing charges of assault or another violent crime, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our legal team at Graves Andrews, LLC is prepared to explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. We will fight for your rights and freedoms in court. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you, contact our firm today to schedule your initial consultation.

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