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Assault charges are taken very seriously in New Jersey, which is why you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side if you have been charged. Contact our firm today to get learn more about how our firm can help you.

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

There are several kinds of assault that differ in both severity and consequences. An individual may still face serious charges and penalties even if he or she did not cause actual physical harm. A failed assault attempt can still result in criminal charges and so can other threats that cause victims to fear for their safety in New Jersey. The most frequent assault charges include the following:

  • Simple assault: This kind of assault refers to 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. Typically, these charges do not have as harsh consequences because they do not usually include a weapon and cause little harm.
  • Aggravated assault: If 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 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 uncommon for false accusations of sexual assault to occur.
  • Domestic assault: Charges cannot be withdrawn once police arrest an individual that has been accused of domestic assault. With a domestic assault charge, actual physical harm is not needed to qualify as a charge. Individuals 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 harsh penalties and lifelong consequences will occur afterward.

Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to speak with one of our skilled attorneys if you have questions or concerns about the different types of assault. Our firm is committed to defending our clients and their future.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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