There are a wide of assault charges in New Jersey and assault with a deadly weapon is one of the most serious you can face. A conviction will result in a permanent criminal record and can expose you to up to five years in prison. These charges require the representation and guidance of an experienced assault defense attorney. For instance, the term “deadly weapon” can have a multitude of broad meanings that can be challenged and interpreted different. At the Proetta & Oliver we have successfully defended clients against thousands of criminal charges in New Jersey including assault with a deadly weapon. We represent clients throughout Union County and the surrounding areas including Plainfield, Linden, Scotch Plains, Elizabeth, Westfield, Rahway, Roselle Park, and Union Township. If you would like to learn more about potential representation, then contact our office at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation with an experienced criminal attorney. We have representatives available 24/7 to answer your call.
What Constitutes Assault with a Deadly Weapon?
Below we have listed a breakdown of the different degrees of severity for assault with a deadly weapon and how the statute grades each act.
- 3rd Degree Crime – if you purposely or knowingly cause bodily injury to another person or attempt to cause injury to another.
- 4th Degree Crime – when a defendant recklessly causes bodily injury to a victim with a deadly weapon.
- An automobile is not considered a deadly weapon under these circumstances. Please refer to Assault by Auto for more information.
- Disorderly Persons Offense – to negligently cause bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon
New Jersey Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges
As illustrated above, assault with a deadly weapon can range in varying levels of severity from disorderly persons offense to an indictable felony. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)(2), the charge falls within Simple Assault when the defendant acted negligently and it is upgraded to Aggravated Assault under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(2), (3) and (4) when the injury is caused on purpose. A defendant’s actions can normally be interpreted many different ways and an experienced criminal assault lawyer can use to their advantage in working with the prosecution to lower the charge or even secure a diversion program. At Proetta & Oliver we are experienced in defending clients against assault charges including assault with a deadly weapon. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, then contact us at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation.
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