Officers from the Seaside Heights Police Department responded to reports about a serious altercation on the 200 block of Franklin Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th. They arrived at the scene to find a 30-year-old man from Seaside Heights who had sustained a stab wound to his left hip region. The man is reportedly in stable condition after being transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for medical treatment.
Following an investigation at the scene, police arrested 45-year-old Richard L. Bryan and his son, 26-year-old Richard E. Bryan, both of Seaside Heights. The pair, who live on the street where the incident occurred, are now facing charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
While the father was being held in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, the son was released after processing. They will both be prosecuted in Ocean County Superior Court, as aggravated assault is an indictable offense under New Jersey law. An indictable crime, also known as a felony, can be graded as first degree, second degree, third degree, or fourth degree depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances of the specific case.
For example, aggravated assault varies in terms of the degree of these charges under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b. When aggravated assault involves a deadly weapon, this typically leads to a third degree charge. If a person is convicted of third degree aggravated assault, they can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison. However, the degree of bodily injury in an aggravated assault case is also important when determining the degree of the charge.
When an aggravated assault results in serious bodily injury or involves an attempt to cause such injury under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, the severity of the crime is enhanced to second degree. This significantly increases the defendant’s exposure as it relates to penalties. In fact, a person convicted of second degree aggravated assault faces incarceration for up to 10 years.
Seaside Heights Aggravated Assault Lawyers
If you have been arrested for aggravated assault in Seaside Heights or elsewhere in Ocean County, the repercussions of being found guilty can impact your life for years to come. At William Proetta Criminal Law, our attorneys have successfully defended thousands of clients charged with assault and threat crimes in courts across New Jersey. We approach each case with a singular focus: deliver our clients the best possible result. For a free consultation about your aggravated assault case, contact us anytime at (848) 238-2100. One of our highly experienced defense attorneys is standing by to assist you.
For additional information regarding this case, read the following article: Seaside Heights stabbing: father and son charged in knifing