Simple Assault Attorney Union County, NJ
Serving Clients Across Elizabeth, Union, Plainfield, Westfield, and the greater Union County area
Fights happen, and sometimes a heated verbal exchange can become physical. In most cases, simple assault charges are a result of disagreements among friends, bar fights, or domestic situations. You may be charged with simple assault if the other person has suffered from any bodily injury during a violent altercation, or if your words gave another person cause to believe they would suffer immediate, physical harm. Even if any injuries suffered are relatively minor, such an incident may result in you being labeled as an ill-tempered, violent person, and a simple assault conviction will go on your permanent criminal record.
At The Law Office of Edward S. Cooper, we have extensive experience defending clients charged with simple assault in towns like Union, Elizabeth, Linden, Plainfield, and the greater Union County area. We are prepared to present an effective and well-researched defense in municipal court, and help you to avoid the serious penalties and consequences that come with a simple assault conviction. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with our firm today to discuss your case, and your options.
The Simple Assault Case Process, Union County Municipal Couty Attorney
If the victim of a simple assault files charges in an NJ local municipal court, the prosecution will make a decision whether or not to pursue a case against you. The situations in which a person involved in a simple assault can be found guilty are laid out in the New Jersey assault statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a. Your case will be graded as either a disorderly persons offense or a petty disorderly persons offense, and penalties for a simple assault conviction are based the severity of the crime. However, a simple assault case can be treated as a felony charge, a Third Degree offense, or a Fourth Degree crime if the simple assault was against a public official, like a police officer.
It is imperative to hire a Union County simple assault defense attorney right away to handle your case, no matter how severe the charges may be. Once the victim of a simple assault has filed charges with the municipal courts, the decision to move forward or not is out of their hands, it now depends on the county prosecutors how they wish to proceed with your case. An experienced Plainfield simple assault attorney can help you to negotiate with Union County prosecutors, reduce the charges against you, and even have the charges thrown out entirely if you can present the right evidence in your defense.
Penalties for Simple Assault, Plainfield Criminal Attorney
Although simple assault charges are not as serious as aggravated assault charges, a simple assault conviction can still carry heavy penalties and fines, as well as being placed on your permanent criminal record. Simple Assault charges and penalties break down as such:
- Disorderly Persons – Most simple assault charges fall under this category, penalties include:
- Up to $1,000 in fines, plus additional court costs and fees
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Petty Disorderly Persons – Some simple assault charges can be downgraded to this offense in the case that the assault was a result of a mutual fight, and no serious injuries were caused, penalties include:
- Up to $500 in fines, plus additional court costs and fees
- Up to 90 days in fail
- Fourth Degree Crime – The most serious category for simple assault charges, can be pursued by the prosecution in the case that the assault occurred in the presence of a person under the age of 16 at a school or community event, or if the simple assault occurred against an institutionalized individual while working at a care facility. Penalties include:
- Up to $10,000 in fines, plus additional court costs and fees
- Up to 18 months in prison
Additionally, specific circumstances of the simple assault my call for things such as mandatory anger management classes, monetary restitution to the victim, electronic monitoring, and possibly a restriction on the right to possess a firearm.
As you can see, while simple assault may be considered a somewhat minor charge, the consequences are still extremely serious for anyone convicted. It is critical that you retain the counsel of an experienced Union County simple assault defense lawyer to help you mitigate penalties, and protect your rights and future throughout the process.
What a Union County Simple Assault Defense Lawyer can Do for You
When you hire a Union County simple assault defense lawyer, the first thing your attorney will do is gather all of the necessary evidence related to the case. This can include medical records of the victim’s injuries, eye witness accounts of the incident, and police arrest records. This evidence can help you in a number of ways:
- Show that the victim’s injuries are not nearly as severe as they are claiming
- Show that the simple assault was the result of a mutual fight, or even self-defense
- Prove that no weapons were involved in the assault
All of these things can help reduce penalties for a simple assault charge, and can even have the case thrown out entirely.
Contact a Union County Simple Assault Lawyer Today
At The Law Office of Edward S. Cooper, we have extensive experienced helping clients charged with simple assault in towns like Elizabeth, Union, Plainfield, Westfield, and the greater Union County area.
We believe every individual has the right to the best possible defense in a court of law, and will strive to do exactly that for all of our clients. Our firm has handled a wide-variety of municipal court cases across Union County, and as such are familiar with local prosecutors, their tendencies, and how to best negotiate with them.
Whatever your specific circumstances regarding your simple assault charge, we are ready to begin mounting your defense today. To speak with our firm today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your simple assault charges, please contact us online, or through our Linden, NJ office at (908) 481-4625.