Skilled and Experienced New Jersey Assault Criminal Defense Attorneys

A few bad choices in the wrong situation can easily devolve into physical violence. In the heat of the moment, we can all make bad decisions. If you’ve been charged with assault, the important thing now is to not compound this mistake with another: failing to seek legal defense. You may not think your NJ assault charge is anything to worry about, but depending on the severity of the charge and several other factors, you could be in more trouble than you realize.

NJ criminal defense lawyer Frank T. Luciano, P.C., has an in-depth understanding of the state’s assault laws and how they will be applied to your case. For almost four decades, Mr. Luciano has fought for the criminal rights of clients throughout NJ, including Hackensack, Paterson and Jersey City. He will inform you of the seriousness of your charges, what potential punishments you could be facing and, most importantly, your best defense strategies to avoid incarceration and fines or to be completely exonerated of all charges.

Difference Between Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault 

Under normal circumstances, a simple assault is classified as a disorderly persons offense in the state of NJ. If you are a first-time offender, you could be facing a six month jail sentence and a fine of $1,000. A skilled attorney, however, may be able to reduce these charges further, especially in situations where both parties were perpetrators of physical violence.

Simple assault is the least serious type of assault and is characterized by the following conditions:

  •  A person attempting to cause bodily harm to another person, or a person who recklessly, knowingly or purposefully causes bodily injury to another through physical contact
  •  An individual negligently causing bodily harm to another individual using a deadly weapon
  •  A person threatening another person with serious bodily injury or putting them in fear of serious bodily injury through physical menace (for example, pointing a knife or a gun at a person)

There are circumstances, however, in which an assault charge can be aggravated and can even be charged as a second, third or fourth-degree crime. Aggravated assault is much more serious than simple assault. Being found guilty of aggravated assault will lead to incarceration, fines, anger management courses, restitution to the victim and/or the loss of the right to possess a weapon or firearm. You may be charged with aggravated assault if:

  • The assault was against a police officer, security guard, first responder, teacher or public official
  • The assault was against a family member
  • A potentially deadly weapon is involved in the perpetration of the assault
  • Serious bodily injury occurred as a result of the assault

Your NJ Assault Defense Attorney is Critical

The application of the law in assault cases is not one-size-fits-all. There are multiple mitigating factors that may influence the severity of your charge and resulting sentence. Factors such as the location of the assault, the status of the victim, any unique circumstances in the incident and any prior convictions will influence your charge and sentence. One of the largest factors will be the skill and experience of your defense attorney. This is an area where you want to make sure that you have the advantage.

Frank T. Luciano, P.C., has built his 35-year legal career and impeccable reputation by helping people accused of simple or aggravated assault reduce their charges and avoid jail time and costly fines. A guilty verdict is a permanent mark on your record and something that may hamper you in your life moving forward. It’s imperative that you seek legal defense immediately to begin preparing for the prosecution. To learn more about your charge, potential sentences and defense strategies, we advise you to contact the law firm of Mr. Luciano right way at 973-471-0004.

Our Client Testimonials

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"Mr. Luciano freed my mind of anxiety right from the start. A consummate professional. He explained all options on defense and guided me to the one I followed with excellent results. Best of all, he is reasonable. Relax and let his knowledge (the magic) work."

From a former client

"First thing I want to tell is that I thank God for giving me the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person like you and without question, the best lawyer in this world. I am very grateful for everything you did for me. I want to let you know that I'm doing good and if you ever think of coming to . . . for vacation don't forget to contact me. Thanks again Mr. Luciano and please say hello to that kind lady that answers the phone with pleasure every time I called."

From a former client with a First Degree Distribution Charge

"In my distraction focusing on my . . . trial, I failed to ask you how things went with . . . I watched and learned from you throughout that case and greatly admire the consummsate attorney that I hoped to emulate. I witnessed how very hard you worked and how you left no stone unturned. I hope the case worked out for you and your clients. If it did not (and I hope it did) it was not for lack of the effect on your part which was humbling."

From an adversary in a case where we ultimately returned a verdict of $2,069,000

"My family and I would like to thank you for all of your hard work on my case. I feel like I can live my life normally again and it feels awesome. You are truly a professional and wonderful attorney."

From a former client charged with a serious weapons offense

"At the time, I was mortified because, having only worked against you in the Prosecutor’s Office, I couldn’t picture being on the same side. Frank, I want to thank you for the pleasure of having worked with you over the past years. I have learned a great deal from you. Most importantly, I learned that cases were not always as black and white as I thought they were when I worked for the Prosecutor’s Office. You are a wonderful attorney who not only works hard, but also cares deeply about his clients. Frank, I think you are the best."

From a former investigator of a county prosecutor’s office and retired private investigator

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