Pleasantville NJ Aggravated Assault Lawyer

Aggravated Assault is a common criminal charge in New Jersey. It is a serious criminal charge that can result in fines or jail time. Whether you get into a bar fight or participate in any form of domestic violence, you can face severe repercussions. In addition to the penalties you may face, you also get a criminal felony conviction on your record. The conviction may have a significant impact on your life and career. You may lose your job, have difficulty finding employment, or have difficulty finding an apartment. You should seek the help of a Pleasantville, NJ, aggravated assault lawyer.  

When You Can Face Aggravated Assault Charges

You can be charged with aggravated assault if you intentionally or recklessly caused bodily harm or reasonable fear of apprehension to another person. The following are a few instances when you may be charged with aggravated assault;

  1.     If you intentionally cause bodily injury to members of your family
  2.     If you assault law enforcement officers
  3.     If you cause injury to a police officer while trying to resist arrest
  4.     Using a firearm to assault other people
  5.     Assaulting other people with the intention to commit a crime
  6.     Striking or trying to strike other people with dangerous objects or weapons

Victim’s Fear

You may be charged with aggravated assault even though you didn’t touch the victim. Placing the victim in reasonable fear is a crime. The fear is considered reasonable if your actions would give your victim a good cause to be fearful of immediate physical harm. 

Degrees of Aggravated Assault

In New Jersey, there are different levels of aggravated assault. The degrees include; second, third, and fourth-degree aggravated assault. To determine the degree of aggravated assault, the prosecutor considers a few things. Some of them include;

  •     The circumstances surrounding your incident.
  •     The extent of bodily injury you may have inflicted on the victim
  •     The age of the alleged victim. If they are a minor, the prosecutor may try to find out if the assault occurred on school grounds
  •     If you used a weapon, they may try to find out the type of weapon you used. Using a deadly weapon may lead to a different charge

If you need the help of a Pleasantville, NJ aggravated assault lawyer, consider working with the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC. If you are the defendant, you don’t need to prove anything. The prosecutor has the responsibility to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of aggravated assault. 

We will give you the advice you need to get through the process. We take a personalized approach to the practice of law. Our goal is to minimize the consequences of your prosecution and ensure that your rights are protected. We understand how intimidating legal processes can be so we do our best to make you comfortable. If you need help, contact us today and request a consultation.

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