Burlington County NJ Aggravated Assault Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney Representing Clients Across Southern New Jersey
In New Jersey, there are a wide variety of scenarios that may give rise to charges for aggravated assault. The law regarding aggravated assault is highly nuanced, with factors including: the degree of injury sustained by the victim; the use of a weapon; the identity of the victim (was he or she a law enforcement officer or public servant?); and whether or not the offense was committed in conjunction with another crime such as carjacking, or while attempting to elude police. Considering the many variables that influence an aggravated assault charge, these offenses range in severity from fourth degree to second degree crimes. The penalties associated with a conviction increase accordingly, from an 18-month prison sentence, to up to 10 years of incarceration. However, in any case involving charges for aggravated assault, the defendant faces criminal indictment and prosecution at the Superior Court level. This means that he or she will become a convicted felon if ultimately found guilty.
Leonard Biddison is a highly accomplished criminal defense attorney with over two decades of experience representing clients charged with criminal offenses in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. In fact, he was recently honored with inclusion among the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in America, by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Through his diligent work and dedication to his clients, Mr. Biddison has delivered countless positive results for clients in Mt. Holly, Lumberton, Edgewater Park, Moorestown, Westampton, Medford, Palmyra, Burlington County, and throughout South Jersey. Utilizing his extensive knowledge and resources, as well as the services of his private investigator, who is a former New Jersey State Trooper with particular experience in the investigation of major crimes, Mr. Biddison provides unparalleled defense representation. To receive a free consultation about your case today, contact his offices at 856-427-6888.
Aggravated Assault Lawyer in Mount Holly NJ
New Jersey law describes charges for aggravated assault in section N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) of the New Jersey Criminal Code. With regard to aggravated assault, the statute provides the following:
Second Degree Aggravated Assault in NJ
A second degree charge for aggravated assault applies when a person attempts to cause serious bodily injury or actually causes such an injury, purposely or knowingly or recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. It can also apply when a person causes bodily injury while fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer or unlawfully operating a motor vehicle. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault may result in a sentence to serve between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, as well as a maximum fine of $150,000.
Third Degree Aggravated Assault in NJ
A third degree charge for aggravated assault applies when a person attempts to cause significant bodily injury or actually causes such injury, purposely or knowingly or recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. It can also apply when a person commits a simple assault upon, or points a firearm at: a law enforcement officer, fireman, emergency medical services technician, school board member, school administrator, teacher, school bus driver, employee of the Division of Youth and Family Services, Supreme Court justice, or judge of the Superior Court, Tax Court, or Municipal Court. A conviction for third degree aggravated assault may result in a sentence to serve between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, as well as a maximum fine of $15,000.
Fourth Degree Aggravated Assault in NJ
A fourth degree charge for aggravated assault applies when a person recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon, or knowingly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, points a firearm at or in the direction of another, whether or not the actor believes it to be loaded. A conviction for fourth degree aggravated assault may result in a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.
Contact an Edgewater Park NJ Aggravated Assault Attorney for Answers
If you or someone you love has been charged with aggravated assault in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, the time is now to begin developing an aggressive defense strategy. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-427-6888 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.