Aggravated Assault charges in New Jersey are felonies.
If you’re facing Aggravated Assault charges, it’s important to understand two things:
1. The extent of your victim’s injuries; and
2. Identifying whether the victim in your case is a member of a “protected class”.
Protected members of our society include law enforcement, firefighters, EMT personnel, school teachers, bus drivers, and many more.
For example, you will be charged with Simple Assault in New Jersey if you slap your next-door neighbor.
However, you will be charged with Aggravated Assault in New Jersey if you slap a police officer.
It’s the same “slap” but depending on the “who the victim” is, you face Simple Or Aggravated Assault Charges.
Another client in Hackensack got charged with both aggravated assault & aggravated sexual assault and stalking. The victim was his girlfriend & through our investigation, we discovered evidence which weakened the government’s case. As a result, we were able to reduce his first-degree charges to fourth-degree charges. As a result, he avoided serving a 60-year prison sentence.
Aggravated Assault is a felony.
This type of crime is committed in many forms and the degrees of punishment vary.
Whenever you cause someone to suffer serious bodily injury, you will be facing felony charges.
Things get worse if you use any type of weapon. It does not have to be a gun.
You can get charged with aggravated assault even if you did not intend to hurt anyone.
Under New Jersey’s Aggravated Assault law, you will be held responsible for your “reckless actions” or if your actions “manifested an extreme indifference” to the value of human life.
If you are convicted of a second-degree crime in New Jersey, you face:
If you are convicted of a third-degree crime in New Jersey, you face:
If you are convicted of a fourth-degree crime in New Jersey, you face:
If you cause injury to someone with a “deadly weapon”, you will be facing aggravated assault charges.
Simply pointing a gun at someone is aggravated assault.
Even if the gun is unloaded or it is a toy gun, it does not matter.
The simple act of pointing a firearm at or in the direction of another person means that
you are manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
It does not matter that you did not intend to harm anyone.
Deadly weapon means:
You are guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Bodily Fluid if you:
Note: If the victim suffers bodily injury, this shall be a crime of the third-degree.
Otherwise, this shall be a crime of the fourth-degree.
Driving a vehicle in an aggressive manner includes, but is not limited to:
*You commit simple assault against certain persons given special protection by New Jersey law due to their occupations (third-degree crime or fourth-degree crime, depending on injury).
We have devoted an entire article and explainer video for this question.
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