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New Jersey Assault Attorney

An assault conviction can carry serious short-term and long-term consequences in New Jersey. Immediate penalties might include steep fines, prison time, and probation. Other consequences can follow you for the rest of your life, preventing you from securing employment and finding housing.

If you were arrested on assault charges, it is crucial to connect with an experienced New Jersey assault defense lawyer at William Proetta Criminal Law as soon as possible. We will put our knowledge and resources to work for you while giving you the type of highly personalized service that you deserve.

Contact us today to discuss your situation in a free initial consultation. Our attorneys have successfully represented people facing assault charges in Ocean, Hudson, Middlesex, and Union counties and across New Jersey.

What Is the Difference Between Assault and Battery in N.J.?

In New Jersey, assault and battery are both considered a type of assault under criminal law and will be charged as such. Battery is not a specific criminal offense in New Jersey. Therefore, in criminal cases, there are technically no “assault and battery” charges, but instead, different degrees of assault. 

Potential Penalties for Assault Convictions in New Jersey

The penalties for an assault conviction in New Jersey can be quite severe. New Jersey’s range of penalties for various assault crimes includes:

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Petty disorderly persons offense

Up to 30 days in jail and a possible fine of up to $500

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Disorderly persons offense

Up to six months in jail and a possible fine of up to $1,000

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Fourth-degree crime

Up to 18 months in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000

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Third-degree crime

Three to five years’ imprisonment and a possible fine of up to $15,000

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Second-degree crime

Five to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $150,000

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First-degree crime

Up to 20 years in prison, plus a maximum possible fine of $200,000

Even penalties for simple assault in New Jersey can disrupt your life, rob you of your livelihood, and follow you around for years to come. That’s why it is crucial to consult with an assault defense attorney at William Proetta Criminal Law as soon as possible to begin fighting the charges against you.