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Assault in New Jersey | What Are the Different Types?

If you were charged with assault in New Jersey, you can expect to face a number of different consequences. Read on to learn more about the different types of assault that New Jersey recognizes and punishes. Our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney is on your side.

What are the different kinds of assault charges in New Jersey?

There are several types of assault that are recognizable and punishable by New Jersey law. Keep in mind that they differ in both severity and consequences. People can still face serious charges and penalties, even if they did not cause any physical harm. In the state of New Jersey, a failed assault attempt can still result in severe criminal charges in addition to other threats that cause victims to stress for their protection. The most standard assault charges include the following:

  • Simple assault: This kind of assault refers to a person who tries to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another; or negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or attempts by physical menace to input fear of imminent serious bodily injury. These offenses are generally not treated as seriously as other charges because they do not generally involve a weapon and they usually cause little harm.
  • Aggravated assault: Here, an individual purposely or knowingly causes injury to another individual with a deadly weapon.
  • Sexual assault: An example of aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime in New Jersey when it affects children under the age of 13, even if it was consensual sex. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for false accusations of sexual assault to surface in the state of New Jersey.
  • Domestic assault: It is not feasible to withdraw charges once police arrest an individual that has been accused of domestic assault. With a domestic assault charge, actual physical harm is not required to qualify as a charge. Individuals can be charged with domestic assault for stalking, harassment, or making threats. Right after obtaining a charge for domestic assault, the person who was charged will obtain a restraining order. Recognize that with these charges, there is a higher likelihood of harsh penalties and long-term consequences to follow.

Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today if you have any questions or concerns about the different kinds of assault in New Jersey. Our legal team is on your side no matter what. All you have to do is give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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