Assault occurs when an individual deliberately attempts to or recklessly causes physical harm to another in violation of N.J.S.A.
2C:12-1. Assault is typically charged as a disorderly persons offense unless two parties are charged and had engaged in a physical confrontation with each other which resulted in serious injuries. A disorderly persons offense (DP) is handled by the municipal court in the township that the offense occurred. As in indictable offense cases, the prosecution must prove all charges of the DP beyond a reasonable doubt, though the trial will be before a judge and not a jury.
Assault can also be classified as aggravated assault should the perpetrator a) knowingly cause serious bodily injury to the victim under the circumstances of extreme indifference to human life b) cause serious bodily injury with the use of a deadly weapon c) or if a government official (i.e. a policeman) commits an act of simple assault in uniform or on duty which causes bodily injury to a person fleeing the scene of a crime or eluding police officers (see "NJ Assault Statute" for complete explanation).
If you or a loved one has been charged with assault it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An attorney with the proper experience and knowledge of the legal field may be able to help lower the charges or even have the charges dropped completely. If the charges reach trial, an attorney with the skills Anthony Macri brings to the table will provide the best opportunity to achieve a Not Guilty verdict. No attorney is more prepared to defend you than Anthony Macri, who with over thirty years of legal experience has won the respect and admiration of his colleagues through his "aggression has its own value" philosophy. He is ready and eager to tirelessly defend your legal rights. Macri understands the stress that an assault charge can create for those charged, and as an independent attorney he can connect with you personally and carefully guide you through the complicated process of exonerating you. For an ally in the courtroom, contact Anthony J. Macri at 973-538-6200.