According to the Star-Ledger, a man was “seriously” injured as a result of a brawl that took place at Olde Queens Tavern on Easton Street at around 1:00 a.m. on November 10. According to witnesses, two patrons had allegedly become drunk and agitated and an altercation ensued between the patrons and staff at the pub. Police did not say who started the fight, nor have any charges been filed as of yet.
New Brunswick and Piscataway are home to Rutgers University. As college towns, area police often deal with “college crimes” which include simple assault, aggravated assault, marijuana charges, theft, and disorderly conduct, among others.
The Difference Between Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault
Under NJ law, assault charges can be of two categories, simple assault or aggravated assault. Aggravated Assault is the more severe of the two crimes, as it is an indictable offense (aka felony) that can exist in the fourth, third, or second degree. The severity of the penalties and grading of aggravated assault depend upon the existence of a “significant” injury as well as the existence of a weapon. Fourth degree aggravated assault may be accompanied by up to 18 months in prison, while the crime in the third degree may carry from 3 to 5 years. Finally, if the type of assault and injury demonstrates “extreme indifference to human life,” then the assailant may face from 5 to ten years in prison.
Simple assault, on the other hand, is a disorderly persons offense that carries up to six months in county jail, fines, probation, and community service. A lesser offense, it occurs when a person: (1) Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or (2) Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or (3) Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
As you can see, any form of assault conviction is a serious matter. Hopefully the injured gentleman will heal from the wounds that he suffered in New Brunswick.