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If you were charged with assault, you can expect severe consequences. Continue reading to learn about the different types and reach out to one of our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorneys today.

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

There are a number of different types of assault that have varying consequences that are dependent on the severity of the offense. A person may still face severe charges and penalties even if he or she did not generate real physical harm. A failed assault attempt can nevertheless result in criminal charges and so can other threats that cause victims to fear for their safety in the state of New Jersey. The most common assault charges include:

  • Simple assault: This type of assault occurs when a person attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes 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. Generally, these charges do not have as severe consequences because they do not typically involve a weapon and cause minor harm.
  • Aggravated assault: In the event that an individual purposely or knowingly causes injury to another individual with a deadly weapon, it will fit under this category.
  • Sexual assault: Aggravated sexual assault is considered a first-degree crime in New Jersey when it includes children under the age of 13, even if it was consensual sex. Unfortunately, in the state of New Jersey, it is not unusual for false charges of sexual assault to occur.
  • Domestic assault: Charges cannot be removed once police arrest an individual that has been accused of domestic assault. When it comes to a domestic assault charge, actual physical harm is not required to qualify as a charge. People can be charged with domestic assault for stalking, harassment, or making threats. Quickly after receiving a charge for domestic assault, the person who was charged will face a restraining order. More severe penalties and lifelong consequences will happen afterward.

It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm to speak with one of our skilled attorneys if you have questions or worries about the various kinds of assault. Our firm is on your side no matter what.


If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in the state of New Jersey, you need an experienced attorney on your side who is ready to help you through every step of the legal process going forward. Contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today. Our firm is also experienced in handling legal matters relating to divorce, family law, personal injury law, and more. We are here to help–all you have to do is ask.

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