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3rd-Degree Aggravated Assault

3rd-Degree Aggravated Assault Overview

3rd-degree aggravated assault charges carry between 3-5 years in prison. This is an indictable offense in New Jersey & a conviction will stay on your record for years. Criminal convictions affect your ability to get & maintain employment. Our Hackensack criminal lawyers have extensive experience in representing clients charged with 3rd-degree aggravated assault.

If you are searching for a criminal lawyer near you for representation, please take advantage of our free consultations.

3rd-degree Aggravated Assault Penalties

Aggravated assault in New Jersey is either a second, third, or fourth-degree crime.

Second Degree Crime: 5-10 Years in Prison & Up to $150,000 Fine;

Third Degree Crime: 3-5 Years in Prison & Up to $15,000 Fine;

Fourth Degree Crime: Up to 18 Months in Prison & Up to $10,000 Fine

3rd-degree aggravated assault & Protected Classes

If you commit a Simple Assault on a member of a “protected class” you will automatically be charged with 2nd or 3rd-degree Aggravated Assault. This means that if you slap a cop, you will face felony charges regardless of the injury to the cop.

To help you understand the concept of “protected classes”, we included this short video.

Legal Defenses

Mistake of Fact

A legal defense to 3rd-degree aggravated assault may involve a situation where you committed a simple assault on a member of a protected class but had no idea that the alleged victim was a member of the protected class.

For example, our  New Milford was charged with 3rd-degree aggravated assault in Bergen County because he slapped a police officer. However, the police officer was not on duty, was not wearing a uniform, did not flash a badge, and did not announce himself to be a police officer.

Our client got charged for hitting a cop but no reasonable person could have known that he was a police officer.

We successfully got his charges out of felony status and remanded to Municipal court. He ultimately got into the Conditional Dismissal program & his charge was eventually dismissed.


Self-defense involves a situation where you were genuinely in fear of your life. You felt threatened and injured someone because it was the only option you had. Escape was not an option and your only choice was to do what you did.

We represented a Hackensack client who was facing 3rd-degree aggravated assault charges that arose from a bar fight. He was at a bar when a drunken brawl broke out and his attacker grabbed him from behind. Our client could not see or identify his attacker and the only option he had was to bite his attacker in order to break free.

After conducting a thorough investigation we obtained surveillance footage proving that our client acted in self-defense. As a result, his charges were dismissed.

Defense of Others

This legal defense is available to you if you were acting to protect another. For example, an intruder breaks into your home and you reasonably believe that he/she will harm your family members. It is not only reasonable to expect that you would defend your family but many would argue that you must defend your family.

Our Experience

You or a loved one have been arrested. Understandably, you are terrified & have a lot of questions. You’ve heard about plea bargains & probation, but the process is overwhelming. You want a local attorney near you to represent you.

Mr. Peyrouton is from Ridgewood & handles all types of criminal matters in New Jersey complex as well as nearby cities. The New Jersey Law Journal recently published one of his articles on the subject of criminal law.

How We Can Help

Regardless of the criminal charges you are facing, we are here to defend & protect you. Whether you are facing a restraining order, drug charge, theft charge, or aggravated assault charge, we are here to help you. Even a DWI case can really complicate your life.

If we can’t get your charges dismissed, we can either get them downgraded or place you in a diversionary program. The point is, our criminal defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to get you the best result possible. Take advantage of our free consultation to see how we can help.

Our Practice Areas:

Below, you will find a few of our practice areas.

Areas We Serve

Our Hackensack criminal lawyers represent clients in Bergen County & nearby counties & cities. 

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How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

There are plenty of excellent Hackensack criminal lawyers in our area. Most, if not all of them, offer free, 20-minute, consultations. However, our free consultations do not have a time limit. You will never feel rushed.

The best way for us to help you is to patiently listen to your side of the story. Your version of events will serve as the basis for your legal defense. It is during these initial meetings that your memory of the event is fresh in your mind. Why we would rush you during such an important aspect of your case.

We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars. 

When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of Hackensack criminal lawyers that will represent you.

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