Assault Defense Lawyers in Middlesex County NJ
New Jersey takes violent crimes such as assault charges very seriously, and prosecutors are often hesitant to plea bargain these crimes. A conviction can result in a permanent criminal record, incarceration, probation and thousands of dollars in fines. This is why at Proetta & Oliver, our Middlesex County law firm, puts so much stress on working closely with our clients to put together a vigorous and thorough defense for your charges. Through our experience, we are normally able to have the charges downgraded or dismissed entirely. From our office in Edison, our criminal defense lawyers handle assault cases throughout Middlesex County, including in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge. To speak with an experienced Middlesex County assault defense attorney, contact us at (732) 659-9600 today for a free initial consultation.
Charged with an Assault Crime in Middlesex County
Assault charges commonly arise from alcohol-induced fights, domestic violence between spouses, or even arguments between neighbors. However, no matter the circumstances of your assault offense, you can rest assured that our lawyers will aggressively challenge the state’s case against and work with the prosecution to come to a fair resolution. Because of the nature of these crimes, it is common for assault charges to be greatly exaggerated or “over-charged” as a higher degree offense which can expose you to more serious penalties and or incarceration. We represent clients charged with the following related violent crimes:
- Aggravated Assault
- Simple Assault
- Disorderly Conduct
- Resisting Arrest
- Terroristic Threats
- Criminal Mischief
- Assault by Auto
- Vehicular Homicide
Our law firm regularly defends clients against all types of assault charges throughout Middlesex County. We know how the court system works and what it takes to successfully defend an assault charge and win.
Understanding Degrees of Bodily Injury in NJ Assault Cases
One of the critical factors that determines the type and degree of an assault charge in New Jersey is the extent of injury sustained by the victim. New Jersey law recognizes three distinct levels of injury, as defined in Section 2C:11-1 of the Criminal Code. As you may expect, the more severe the injuries in a given case, the more serious the assault charges and penalties you face if convicted. The lowest level of injury is referred to as “bodily injury,” which essentially means the victim suffered some type of physical pain, illness, or impairment resulting from the assault. An example of bodily injury would be a black-eye. Bodily injury often gives rise to charges for simple assault, which is a disorderly persons offense similar to a misdeameanor.
The second level of injury is known as “significant bodily injury,” which refers to any type of injury that leads to temporary loss of function of a body part, organ, or one of the five senses. For example, significant bodily injury occurs when a person suffers a broken arm or leg. When this level of injury occurs, the accused will likely be charged with third degree aggravated assault. This is an indictable offense, or felony, punishable by up to 5 years in NJ State Prison.
The most extreme level of injury in an assault case is called “serious bodily injury,” which creates a substantial risk of death, causes permanent disfigurement, or results in long-term loss of function or impairment of any body part or organ. When a person is accused of causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury, they may be charged with second degree aggravated assault. This is an extremely serious crime with a presumption of incarceration, meaning even a defendant with no prior criminal record is facing mandatory time in prison.
Contact a New Brunswick NJ Assault Attorney for Answers
If you have been charged with a violent crime in Middlesex County such as simple assault, aggravated assault, or terroristic threats, Proetta & Oliver can help defend you and protect your rights. Our assault attorneys have successfully defended literally thousands of criminal and municipal court charges, including all types of assault cases throughout New Jersey. If you would like to learn more information about how we can help you, contract us today at (732) 659-9600 for a free initial consultation, with an assault defense lawyer. We have representatives available 24/7 to answer your call.