What To Expect if You’re Charged With Simple Assault
If you are dealing with simple assault charges in New Jersey, you could be met with fines, jail time, and even mandatory prison sentencing. Understanding the charges in front of you, as well as your options, is an important part of navigating the legal system. This is also an important part of building your defense.
What is Simple Assault?
Simple assault refers to the action of a person causing intentional harm, or bodily injury to another person. Simple assault in New Jersey can lead to the following legal consequences:
- Legal fines of up to $1,000
- Jail time of up to six months in a county jail
- Depending on the details of the charges, you could also receive a restraining order from the plaintiff
These legal consequences have their own secondary consequences. For example, if you are charged with simple assault and served jail time, you could end up losing your job. Now you have a criminal record, which could make it difficult to find further employment, putting you in a difficult position.
A criminal record can also prevent you from legally owning a firearm, or from working in certain careers. If you have a restraining order against you, this could prevent you from visiting with your children. You may also have to pay for things like restitution or complete ongoing probation, which can be inconvenient and costly.
What is a Domestic Violence Simple Assault?
A domestic violence simple assault can have different consequences, in addition to the ones already listed. A new bail reform program has made it so some domestic violence simple assault charges come with an immediate warrant. This means that you could be ordered to serve jail time, before ever appearing in court for judgment.
Charged With Simple Assault? Now What?
Dealing with simple assault charges in New Jersey can be confusing and overwhelming. You may not know what to expect next, or if, or when, you will be required to go to jail. If you are being charged with simple assault, reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. You may have defense options available.
In addition to evaluating the details of the case to ensure that you were properly charged, we will also consider your consequences. In some cases, you may be eligible to reduce your charges, which can mean avoiding jail time or expensive fines. We may also be able to negotiate probation in lieu of jail time.
New Jersey does have some dismissal programs available. But knowing the details of your case is important to determine if you are eligible for dismissal through these programs.
Protect Your Legal Rights
Even if you are being charged with a crime, like simple assault, you have legal rights. We protect those rights, ensuring that the system is working as it should. We also know how severe a mistake can be, leading to an impact on the rest of your life. Let us go over the details of your case and find out what options you may have available.
Contact an Experienced Camden County Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Simple Assault Charges in New Jersey
Were you arrested or charged with simple assault in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorneys at Gelman Law, LLC have successfully represented clients charged with simple assault in Cherry Hill, Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, and throughout New Jersey. Call (856) 474-1450 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 850 Rt 70 WestCherry Hill, NJ 08002.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.
Disorderly conduct consists of any improper behavior such as fighting, threats of violence, or creating a dangerous atmosphere.