Pennsylvania and New Jersey Assault Attorneys
In Pennsylvania and New Jersey alike, assault is a serious criminal offense. If you are convicted of committing assault, aggravated assault, or other assault-related crimes, you could be facing harsh penalties, including jail or prison time and hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines. If an assault is recorded on your criminal record, it will be visible to potential employers and landlords for years to come. This means that long after your jail or prison sentence has been completed, you could continue paying the price well into the future.
An assault conviction can deprive you of your freedom and force you to pay expensive restitution fines. It can also damage your reputation, your ability to find employment, and even your personal relationships and self-esteem. If you or a loved one is facing allegations of felony or misdemeanor assault, it is crucial to your success that you act rapidly. Call Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania today.
If you are facing assault charges in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it is critical to the course of your trial and your future that you retain the services of an experienced assault attorney. At Young, Marr & Associates, our criminal defense lawyers have more than 30 years of experience providing aggressive and affordable legal representation to individuals facing a wide variety of assault charges. Over the course of more than three decades, our seasoned legal team has handled over 10,000 criminal cases throughout numerous counties, cities, and towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
We have extensive experience handling both misdemeanor and felony assault charges involving matters of:
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault and Battery
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Domestic Violence Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Simple Assault
Pennsylvania Assault Attorneys
While the legal penalties for assault convictions are generally harsh, their details do vary between jurisdictions. Furthermore, assault penalties vary by specific charge. (For example, the penalties for assault with a deadly weapon will be different from those for an assault with no weapon, regardless of geographic location.)
There are two basic categories of assault:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
Simple assault in Pennsylvania is handled by Title 18, Chapter 27, Section 2701 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Under Section 2701, it is simple assault if an individual:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury.
- Attempts or threatens to cause physical injury.
- Negligently causes injury with a deadly weapon.
Pennsylvania aggravated assault is handled by Section 2702. Aggravated assault involves:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing serious physical injury.
- Knowingly causing injury with a deadly weapon.
- Committing simple assault against a police officer, firefighter, court official, attorney, or member of government.
Aggravated assault is a more serious offense, and comes with more serious consequences.
Simple Assault Penalties in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, simple assault is typically considered a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor. The maximum penalties for a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor in Pennsylvania include:
- Imprisonment: 2 years
- Fines: $5,000
Aggravated Assault Penalties in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, aggravated assault can be either a 2nd Degree Felony or a 1st Degree Felony. The maximum penalties for a 1st Degree Felony in Pennsylvania include:
- Imprisonment: 20 years
- Fines: $25,000
New Jersey Assault Attorneys
Simple assault and aggravated assault are both taken very seriously by the New Jersey criminal justice system. Just as in Pennsylvania, aggravated assault results in more extensive penalization than simple assault.
Simple Assault Penalties in New Jersey
Unlike Pennsylvania, New Jersey utilizes a crime-grading system of DP (Disorderly Persons) offenses, and indictable crimes. DP offenses are the equivalent of misdemeanors, while indictable crimes are equivalent to felonies in other states.
In New Jersey, simple assault is typically categorized as DP offense. The maximum penalties for a New Jersey simple assault DP offense include:
- Imprisonment: 6 months in jail
- Fines: $1,000
Aggravated Assault Penalties in New Jersey
Aggravated assault can be a 4th, 3rd, 2nd, or 1st Degree indictable crime in New Jersey. The maximum penalties for a 1st Degree indictable crime include:
- Imprisonment: 20 years in prison
- Fines: $200,000
If you or someone you love has been accused of committing simple assault, aggravated assault, gang assault, assault with a deadly weapon, or any other type of assault, the legal penalties can be life-altering. To arrange for a free and confidential case evaluation with a highly experienced New Jersey or Pennsylvania assault lawyer, contact the criminal defense law firm of Young, Marr & Associates online today. You can also call us at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. Houser (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. Cohen (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. Santiago
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. Henderson
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.