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N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1

Were you charged with Simple Assault in New Jersey? Then you need an assault attorney. The good news is that Simple Assault, NJSA 2C:12-1, is considered a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, which means that it will be handled in Municipal Court. This means that it is technically not considered a crime then.

We are asked a lot, “what are the penalties for simple assault?  I was charged with assault in New Jersey, will I go to jail?  What defenses can I use to fight my assault charge?  I was in a fight and now charged with assault in Mercer County, can you help me?”  No matter what your question is, we can answer it and help you.    

What Is Simple Assault In New Jersey?

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

Is Simple Assault A Crime? Will I Go To Jail?

​Simple Assault is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey.  However, if the simple assault was committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, it is then considered a petty disorderly persons offense. It is unlikely that you will go to jail if this is the first time you were charged with simple assault.  We will need to explore all of the facts of your case and explore all of your available defenses.  We will need to sit down and discuss your case in great detail to MAKE SURE NO DEFENSE IS OVERLOOKED.

Want To Talk To A New Jersey Attorney? 

Call us at 609-392-7600 to discuss your case. Make sure the lawyer you hire is experienced, like us, in handling this type of ticket. Otherwise, you will have a few surprises you were not warned of.

We handle assault charges in Mercer County, Middlesex County, and Burlington County. 

Mercer County: Hamilton, Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence, Pennington, East Windsor, West Windsor, Hopewell, Princeton Township, Princeton Borough, Hightstown, and Robbinsville.

Middlesex County: Plainsboro, Cranbury, East Brunswick, South Brunswick, and Sayreville.

Burlington County: Bordentown, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Willingboro, Mt. Holly, Florence, and Pemberton.Call our office at 609-392-7600 to discuss your case NOW.