Simple Assault is a Disorderly Persons Offense
Assault comes in many forms under New Jersey law. Simple assault, being the least severe, is classified as a disorderly persons offense (often called a misdemeanor in other states), not a crime. Most commonly, a person commits simple assault when he or she causes, or attempts to cause, bodily injury to another. The offender is required to have caused such injury in a purposeful, knowingly or reckless manner; however, if a deadly weapon is used, the offender has committed simple assault even if it was done negligently. As these are confusing legal terms, it is best to contact an experienced criminal law attorney to review the facts of your assault charge.
Physical Injury is not Required for a Simple Assault Charge
While bodily injury is often the result of an assault, a person can be charged with simple assault even if no physical injury occurs. A person is also guilty of simple assault if he or she attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of experiencing a serious bodily injury. Even when no bodily injury to another occurs, someone found guilty of such an action is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.
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If you are facing a simple assault charge, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. at (732) 709-7757 for a free initial consultation about your case. Villani & DeLuca, P.C. is a criminal defense law firm located in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Our attorneys take pride in providing each client personal attention and the most effective representation. We represent clients facing criminal charges throughout Ocean and Monmouth County New Jersey.