Assault crimes are treated very seriously. Most assault charges are indictable crimes, which is the equivalent of a felony. This means conviction can result in mandatory jail or prison time, high fines, and a loss of many rights, along with a permanent criminal record.
In , an assault can be charged as a simple assault or aggravated assault. The difference between these two charges depends on many factors, including the severity of the victim's injuries and whether a weapon was used.
Simple assault can be committed in one of three ways. Simple assault can be committed by attempting to or causing someone to suffer bodily injury, which may be caused recklessly, knowingly, or purposefully. This crime may also be committed if someone negligently injuries someone with a deadly weapon or puts someone in fear of imminent bodily injury.
Aggravated assault charges usually center on a defendant that attempts to cause or actually causes bodily injury that is done knowingly, recklessly, or purposefully. Many aggravated assault charges involve the use of deadly weapons. These weapons can be from a firearm, to a brick. Most aggravated assaults involve the infliction of an unjustified injury.
Domestic violence does not merely apply to someone you live with or are related to; it can cover former spouses, spouses, current or former housemates, people you have or are dating, or the parent of a child or unborn child.
A conviction of domestic violence can have very serious consequences, and even an allegation can have life-changing ramifications. Many cases of alleged domestic violence result in a restraining order. A conviction can also result in jail time, hefty fines, and the loss of rights.
Assault charges of all types are very serious with potentially life-altering consequences. If you are facing a weapons charge, assault charge, or allegations of domestic violence, protect your rights and fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein, today at (609) 665-3338.