Simple Assault

Winslow NJ Simple Assault Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorney in Camden County, New Jersey

The term “simple assault” is deceiving. As anyone who has been charged with simple assault knows, these cases are far from simple. In New Jersey, simple assault refers to an assault charge that is less severe than aggravated assault. While aggravated assault is an indictable felony, handled at the Superior Court level, simple assault is classified as a disorderly persons offense, which is adjudicated at the local municipal court in the municipality in which the alleged offense occurred. Charges for simple assault can arise in a variety of situations, in public places such as bars, restaurants, and stadiums, or at home in the context of domestic violence. A typical simple assault charge is punishable by a criminal charge on your record, a fine of up to $1,000, and up to 6 months to be served in the county jail. When simple assault occurs in an alleged domestic dispute, these criminal charges may also be accompanied by a restraining order, which requires a separate proceeding in New Jersey family court. Regardless of the circumstances that gave rise to your charges, it is crucial to protect your rights, your reputation, and your innocence.

Attorney William Fay has dedicated his life to New Jersey criminal law. Recognized for his extensive knowledge and experience, Mr. Fay has fought tirelessly to deliver superior results for clients in courts in Camden, Evesham, Voorhees, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Waterford, Oaklyn, Runnemeade and Haddon Twp. He uses his prior service on behalf of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, where he served as a DAG. The outcomes that he is able to secure for his clients illustrate the skill and ferociousness with which he approaches the law, attacking the State’s case to achieve the best possible outcomes. To discuss your case with Mr. Fay today, contact his offices at 609-832-3202 for a cost-free consultation.

Simple Assault Lawyer in Evesham Twp NJ

New Jersey law describes the charge of simple assault in section N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a) of the New Jersey Criminal Code. With regard to simple assault, the statute provides the following:

A person is guilty of a simple assault if he or she:

(1)  Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(2)  Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(3)  Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

Understanding NJ Simple Assault Law

Notice, there are several important terms contained within this statute. First, a person can be charged with simple assault even if he or she does not actually cause bodily injury. The mere attempt to cause bodily injury, or to put someone in fear of such injury, can provide grounds for a simple assault charge. In addition, simple assault can be committed purposely, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently. Let’s examine each of these terms in more detail.

A person commits an act “purposely” when he or she has the intention of achieving a specific outcome, meaning that he or she wants the result to occur.  A person commits an act “knowingly” when he or she is aware that the conduct will likely result in a specific outcome. A person commits an act “recklessly” by disregarding the risk that the conduct will likely result in a specific outcome. For instance, when a person drives recklessly, he or she disregards the likelihood of causing a car accident. Lastly, a person acts “negligently” by committing conduct when they should have been aware of the risk of producing a certain outcome.

Penalties for Simple Assault in New Jersey

As mentioned above, simple assault is a disorderly persons offense, which is similar to a criminal misdemeanor. As such, a conviction for simple assault may result in a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, and a charge on the defendant’s criminal record. If simple assault is committed in the context of domestic violence, a guilty verdict will also prevent the defendant from obtaining a permit to purchase a firearm in New Jersey for the remainder of his or her life.

Contact a Pennsauken NJ Simple Assault Attorney for a Free Consultation

If you or someone you love has been charged with simple assault in Camden County or elsewhere in South Jersey, your best defense is a proactive one. Contact our firm at 609-832-3202 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.


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