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Aggravated Assault – NJSA 2C:12-1b

 

As you can tell from the name, Aggravated Assault is a more serious crime than Simple Assault. Depending on the incident and the figure that was allegedly assaulted, Aggravated Assault can be a crime if the second, third, or fourth degree. If you have been charged with Aggravated Assault, your freedom may be in jeopardy. Remember, pursuant to NJSA 2C:12-1b, there are 11 different ways in which you can be charged with this offense:

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  1. Attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely or knowingly or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly;
  2. Attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;
  3. Recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;
  4. Knowingly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life points a firearm or at the direction of another, whether or not the actor believes it to be loaded;
  5. Commits simple assault upon any of the following figures acting within the duties:
    • Any law enforcement officer;
    • Any paid or volunteer fireman;
    • Any person engaged in emergency first-aid or medical services;
    • Any school board member, administrator, teacher, bus driver, or other employee of a public or nonpublic school board;
    • Any employee of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency;
    • Any Justice of the Supreme Court, Superior Court, Tax Court, or Municipal Court;
    • Any operator of a motorbus or any employee of a rail passenger service;
    • Any Department of Corrections employee;
    • Any employee of a utility company;
    • Any health care worker employed by a licensed health care facility
    • Any direct care worker at a State or county psychiatric hospital or State developmental center or veterans’ memorial home
  6. Causes bodily injury to another person while fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer;
  7. Attempts to cause significant bodily injury to another or causes significant bodily injury purposely or knowingly or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly;
  8. Causes bodily injury by knowingly or purposely starting a fire or causing an explosion;
  9. Knowingly points or displays a firearm;
  10. Knowingly points or displays or uses an imitation firearm
  11. Uses or activates a laser sighting system or devise, in the manner used, would cause a reasonable person to believe that it is a laser sighting system or device, against a law enforcement officer acting within the scope of his/her duty

 

What Penalties Am I Facing if I am Charged with Aggravated Assault?

Those charged with Aggravated Assault, pursuant to NJSA 2C:12-1b are subject to the following possible penalties:

  • 2nd Degree: Up to 5-10 years in prison, up to a $150,000 fine
  • 3rd Degree: Up to 3-5 years in prison, up to $15,000 fine
  • 4th Degree: Up to 18 months in prison, up to $10,000 fine

What Should I Do if I am Charged with Aggravated Assault?

If you have been charged with Aggravated Assault pursuant to NJSA 2C:12-1b in the State of New Jersey, click below for a FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION with Attorney Peter Michael.