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What constitutes assault in New Jersey?

| Feb 1, 2021 | Uncategorized

Sometimes arguments between people in New Jersey can be heated, to the point where a person might threaten to physically hurt the other or may actually physically hurt the other. While some states differentiate assault (the threat of harm) from the separate crime of battery (actual harm), New Jersey simply recognizes varying degrees of assault. The following is a basic overview of assault crimes in New Jersey.

Simple assault

The most basic form of assault in New Jersey is simple assault. If a person attempts to cause or intentionally causes physical harm to another person, if a person negligently causes physical harm to another person with a deadly weapon or if a person tries to cause another person to fear imminent physical harm, this constitutes simple assault. Simple assault is a petty disorderly persons offense if it arises from a mutual fight.

Aggravated assault

Aggravated assault is still an assault crime in New Jersey. It occurs when a person recklessly physically harms another person with a deadly weapon, if a person attempts to cause or intentionally causes physical harm to another person with a deadly weapon, if a person attempts to cause physical harm or actually causes physical harm either intentionally or under a negligent or reckless situation, or if a person recklessly points a firearm at another person, even if it is not loaded.

Learn more about assault charges in New Jersey

Assault is a serious crime that could lead to fines and jail time. This post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice applicable to any specific situation. Those who want to learn more about assault in New Jersey can explore our website for further information.