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Hudson County Assault, Battery & Threat Crimes Attorney

Being charged with a violent crime such as assault can put you at risk of serious penalties, including years of prison time and thousands of dollars in fines. Assault charges are vigorously pursued by prosecutors in Hudson County. If your freedom and future are on the line, let a seasoned Hudson County assault defense lawyer from William Proetta Criminal Law go to work for you.

Over the years, the attorneys at our Hudson County criminal defense law firm have handled thousands of cases locally and throughout New Jersey. Our exclusive focus on representing clients against criminal charges has given us a deep understanding of the law and insight into how local courts operate. We leverage our experience and connections to pursue the best possible results in each case we take on.

If you have been charged with an assault crime, you need an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours before. Reach out to William Proetta Criminal Law today for a free initial case review with an experienced Hudson County assault defense lawyer. Our attorneys are available to talk whenever you need us, including after hours and on weekends.

Our Hudson County Law Firm Defends Against All Types of Assault and Threat Charges

At William Proetta Criminal Law, our seasoned defense attorneys can advocate on your behalf no matter what type of chare you are facing, including:

  • Simple assaultUsing physical menace or threats to place another person in reasonable fear of imminent serious injury
  • Aggravated assaultCharged in cases of assault under circumstances showing an extreme indifference to life or safety of others, or where someone knowingly causes injury to someone else with a deadly weapon
  • Sexual assaultNon-consensual act of sexual penetration
  • Aggravated sexual assaultNon-consensual sexual penetration during the commission of another crime, while armed with a weapon, with the help of others, where the victim was mentally or physically incapacitated, where the victim was seriously injured by the assault, or where the victim is a minor under the age of 16
  • Criminal sexual contactDefined as the intentional touching of the intimate parts of a victim, or a perpetrator touching their own intimate parts, directly or through clothing, for the purpose of sexually degrading or humiliating the victim and/or sexually arousing or gratifying the perpetrator
  • Aggravated criminal sexual contactCriminal sexual contact that occurs during the commission of another crime, with the use of a weapon, force or coercion, or the help of other individuals, to a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 that the perpetrator has supervisory or disciplinary authority over, or to a victim who is incapacitated or suffers injury
  • Assault on a law enforcement officerWhen alleged victims are police, first responders, or healthcare workers engaged in the course of their official duties
  • Assault by autoInjuring another person in an auto accident when the driver is operating their vehicle recklessly or under the influence of drugs or alcohol

How a Hudson County Assault Defense Attorney Can Take the Burden Off You

A skilled assault defense attorney from William Proetta Criminal Law can take the pressure off you and put your mind at ease during this stressful time. Our attorneys will:

  • Thoroughly go through the facts and circumstances of your case to recover all available evidence that could be used in your defense
  • Interview witnesses for testimony that could impact your case
  • Develop a smart defense strategy aimed at getting your case dismissed or charges reduced
  • Negotiate with prosecutors, if necessary, to try to reach a plea agreement that avoids the most severe penalties from a conviction
  • Advocate your innocence at trial if you choose to contest your charges and fight to secure a jury verdict or bench acquittal in your favor

Understanding the Penalties for an Assault Conviction

The penalties that might be imposed in a sentence following an assault conviction will depend on the type of offense. Assault charges are graded into one of two categories: disorderly persons offenses or indictable crimes. These offenses are sometimes called misdemeanors and felonies, respectively, in other states.

For example, simple assault is normally charged as a disorderly persons offense that carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, in some circumstances, it may be charged as a petty disorderly persons offense, which has a maximum jail term of 90 days.

However, most assault offenses are charged as indictable crimes. Penalties for convictions can include:

  • Fourth-degree crime – Up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Third-degree crime – Three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000
  • Second-degree crime – Five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000
  • First-degree crime – 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $200,000

Other penalties may include terms of probation, court costs, restitution, community service, or a requirement to attend behavioral therapy or anger management classes.

Gradings of some of the most common assault offenses in New Jersey include:

  • Aggravated assault – Fourth- to second-degree crime
  • Assault by auto – Fourth- to second-degree crime
  • Sexual assault – Second-degree crime
  • Aggravated sexual assault – First-degree crime
  • Criminal sexual contact – Fourth-degree crime
  • Aggravated criminal sexual contact – Third-degree crime
  • Assault of a law enforcement officer, first responder, or healthcare worker – Fourth- or third-degree crime

Understanding the Common Defenses in Assault Cases

Even if you have been arrested and charged for an assault crime, that does not automatically mean you will be convicted. The state must prove each element of an assault charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Various arguments may allow you to attack certain aspects of the prosecution’s case to prevent a conviction. Common defenses that can lead to a reduction or dismissal of your assault charges or that can help you win an acquittal at trial include:

  • Self-defense or defense of others – This involves using proportional force in response to a reasonable belief that such force is needed to protect oneself or others against unlawful force used by another.
  • Defense of property – This includes using reasonable force to protect one’s residence from unlawful invasion.
  • Consent – This can be used to defend against an assault charge if both parties were engaged in mutual combat that they both agreed to participate in, or against a sexual assault charge if both parties validly consented to the sexual act.
  • Mistaken identity –The victim or eyewitnesses may have erroneously identified you as the perpetrator.
  • Alibi –You may be able to show that you were somewhere else when the alleged assault occurred.
  • Duress – This defense claims that you committed an offense under threat of severe injury to yourself.
  • Necessity This defense that argues that committing an assault was necessary to prevent a greater harm to the public or to a private individual.
  • Insufficient evidence There may be a lack of evidence to corroborate the victim’s allegations.
  • Statute of limitations – Prosecutors have limited time after an assault offense is committed to file charges against a defendant – one year for a disorderly persons offense, and five years for an indictable offense.

Talk to a Hudson County Assault and Threat Lawyer Today

Don’t leave the outcome of your assault case to chance. Get effective legal help to pursue a favorable outcome in your case. Contact William Proetta Criminal Law today for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Hudson County assault lawyer.