Assault charges are one of the most frequently occurring and serious charges in the state of New Jersey. Regardless of how mild or severe your case for assault may seem, you need to enlist the help of an attorney for the best possible defense.

Assault is best defined as inflicting physical contact, harm, or a plausible imminent threat on another person. Assault is a term that can be assigned to a broad spectrum of violent behavior, from one individual punching another to a series of harmful assaults of threats of violence, without contact.

Your criminal defense lawyer will assess all the facts and circumstances of your case and consider all defenses and possible lack of proof arguments. Even the most extreme penalties for an assault case has a chance at being reduced in court. Always talk to an attorney to discover your options.

What is the Difference Between Assault and Aggravated Assault?

In the state of New Jersey, aggravated assault occurs when an individual attempts to cause serious bodily harm or injury, or otherwise acts in a way that demonstrates a depraved indifference to human life. Aggravated assault is an escalated case of assault that carries more severe penalties because it’s been proven that the aggressor acted in a way that they knew could kill or inflict considerable harm on the victim. The degree to which the victim is injured may play a large role in the assault conviction. If the victim is seriously mutilated or traumatized from the encounter, a judge may deem the encounter as aggravated assault.

For these reasons, aggravated assault often results in a felony conviction. Aggravated assault is a serious conviction that must be addressed immediately as it can diminish your ability to hold certain jobs and can affect your personal life. If you have been accused of aggravated assault, you must enlist the help of a dedicated criminal defense attorney as soon as you can.

What Penalties Might I Face if I’ve Been Accused of Assault?

Considering aggravated assault is a more severe conviction than standard assault, the penalties are greater and more demanding. A general assault case may be reduced to simply paying a monetary fine, or undergoing community service. If you have been convicted of aggravated assault, you may have a combination of the aforementioned penalties in addition to a few more that are more severe.

Being convicted of aggravated assault has much more severe consequences than a regular assault conviction. Aggravated assault can include a jail sentence, hefty monetary fines or even court-mandated therapy or community service. In some cases, a convict may be assigned all three. This is one of many reasons why it’s crucial you discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you possibly can. You may have options to have your sentence to be reduced, with the help of a qualified attorney.

The Bianchi Law Group, LLC Can Help

The Bianchi Law Group, LLC offers a free, no-obligation consultation to anyone accused of assault. If you’re in trouble and are unsure where to turn, contact our team of criminal defense attorneys at (862) 210-8570 to get started on building a strong defense.