When you are charged with assault, law enforcement doesn’t particularly care if it was self-defense or if you were trying to defend your friends when they find themselves in trouble. Either way, you are facing the harsh penalties that come with an assault charge if convicted. You will need the strong legal representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for your future and defend you against the repercussions of an assault charge.
In New Jersey, if you are charged with simple assault, you may be facing up to six months of imprisonment, fines up to $1,000, restitution payments for a victim’s hospital bills or recovery bills, and the possibility of a future civil suit. These consequences can be life-altering and may make it difficult for you to achieve the jobs you want, the housing you want, and can even come into play in a custody or parenting case.
If a weapon was used during the assault, you may be subject to an aggravated assault charge, which is even more serious and severe when it is time to face the consequences. Aggravated assault charges are felony offenses. When a violent crime such as an aggravated assault is at hand, the convicted person is subject to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, meaning you must serve at least 85% of your prison sentence before you can even be considered eligible for parole.
If you have been charged with assault, contact our firm as soon as possible for strong legal representation to defend your rights.
The experienced attorneys at Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., are well versed in handling a variety of cases within the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm for your free initial consultation and have any questions answered.