The New Jersey criminal justice system can be a complex and confusing place. If you have recently been charged with aggravated assault, you might feel scared and intimidated right now — those feelings are completely normal. Please keep in mind that just because you are being charged with this crime, that does not mean you will be convicted of it.
The state of New Jersey recognizes 11 scenarios as aggravated assault and all of them carry serious penalties. N.J.S.A 2C:12-1b covers this increasingly common area of New Jersey criminal law, with the relevant definition of this crime is as follows: A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he or she attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another or causes such injury purposefully or knowingly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life or recklessly causes such injury.
The state attaches different penalties to an aggravated assault charge depending on specifics such as:
- The extent of personal injuries inflicted: As logic would have it, the more serious the injury to the victim, the more serious the charge and corresponding punishments.
- The nature of the aggravated assault: This factor looks at the manner of the assault, including any dangerous weapons used.
- The classification of the victim: Certain groups of individuals are provided special protection by New Jersey law, including law enforcement officers, employees of utility companies and certain health care workers.
A New Jersey aggravated assault conviction can result in anything from an indictable second-degree crime to a fourth-degree crime. In addition to dealing with the actual criminal charge against you, many individuals must deal with a restraining order filed by the victim — which can cause its own set of legal headaches if it is granted. As you can see, a New Jersey aggravated assault charge can be a serious thing. Working with an experienced New Jersey criminal law attorney can help fight the aggravated assault and restraining order charges against you. Get in touch with the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, today to discuss your case further.
The Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC
Trust me — you do not want an aggravated assault conviction on your record, negatively impacting your professional and personal life. At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, I handle every case that comes through my door personally. I have over two decades of experience as an attorney working as both a former federal prosecutor and public defender so I know all the arguments to make and anticipate in your case. I have helped many individuals in your situation before and can help you, too. Your first consultation is free so please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give me a call today. Time is of the essence in these cases. The sooner you call, the sooner we can put together your defense strategy. I am available 24/7. I look forward to speaking to you.