Assault Charges Do Not Have To Hold You Back
Many people do not consider themselves to be violent law-breakers, which is why assault charges can often come as a surprise. You might not have thrown the first punch, or perhaps you were only defending yourself from an attack. However, when police officers break up a fight – whether it’s a bar brawl, a domestic situation or a road rage incident – it’s common for multiple people to leave in handcuffs regardless of their actions.
At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, I am prepared to examine all aspects of your case to determine the most effective defense strategy. Often, I have achieved dismissal of assault charges for my clients. I will answer your questions and explain your options carefully because I care deeply about your freedom and future.
Skilled Advocacy In Complex Assault Cases
Assault charges can involve a wide range of criminal allegations, such as:
- Simple assault
- Terroristic threats
- Aggravated assault, including with a deadly weapon
- Armed robbery
- Sexual assault
- Statutory or date rape
- Violation of a restraining order
- Reckless endangerment
- Domestic violence
Potential penalties for assault convictions could include up to a lifetime behind bars. However, regardless of the circumstances – and contrary to popular belief – no assault case is clear-cut.
Even with evidence of harm, I frequently find methods of mitigating the severity of an assault charge and minimizing the penalties. Detailed legal analysis, a review of the details of the case, and a strong argument may allow me to bring a second-degree assault charge down to a third-degree assault charge, resulting in probation instead of jail time.
Helping You Convey A Compelling Defense Argument
There are several possible defenses to charges of assault, including:
- You were acting in self-defense.
- It was a mutual combat situation where both parties agreed to fight.
- There was an accidental injury rather than an intentional act to harm someone.
- Intoxication played a factor in the conflict.
In many cases, pleading self-defense is a credible defense strategy. To claim self-defense in New Jersey, however, you need a lawyer who is prepared to do what it takes to convince a jury that you were protecting yourself.
I am a former Camden County assistant prosecutor. I am also one of the few lawyers in the state who have been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney. I know how prosecutors build assault cases, which means I know how to counter their tactics in court.
Give Your Future The Best Possible Chance
At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, I have a reputation of being a lawyer who will fight until the end to protect my clients’ rights and freedom. When you contact me for a free initial consultation, you can trust that I will keep you my priority throughout your case. Call 856-754-5501 to speak with me today.