Ocean County Assault Lawyer

New Jersey law contains various types of assault and threat related criminal offenses. Assault crimes involve the use of or threat of force against another person. In addition to the serious penalties that result from simple assault or aggravated assault convictions, assault charges are often accompanied by companion charges that include Domestic Violence, Robbery, Resisting Arrest, Temporary Restraining Order, and Disorderly Conduct. Some assault and threat crimes, such as criminal mischief, are expanded to include the destruction or theft of property. An assault charge is serious and requires proactive and experienced defense.

McGuckin Law represents clients facing theft and fraud related charges in Ocean County that include:

  • Simple Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trespassing
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Assault by Auto
  • Robbery

McGuckin Law represent clients facing these charges throughout Ocean County, including Seaside Heights, Stafford Township, Toms River, Brick, Jackson, and Lacey Township. For more information on how you can fight your assault or threat charge call us for a free consultation anytime at 732.924.4200.

Toms River Assault Attorney

Municipal and County Prosecutors aggressively pursue assault and threat charges for public policy purposes and also because there is often an aggrieved victim who wants to see the accused punished to the full extent of the law. Assault charges can be heard in Municipal Court or Superior Court depending upon a variety of factors explained in greater depth below. We ask you to consider us for your legal representation. Call any time for a free consultation regarding your Ocean County Assault charge at 732.924.4200.

Ocean County Assault and Threat Penalties

For a general idea of how your assault or threat offense was graded or whether your matter will be handled in Superior or Municipal Court, understand that Simple Assault occurs when an actor:

  • Purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causes or attempts to cause bodily injury to another;
  • Negligently causes injury to another with a deadly weapon;
  • Attempts to put someone in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
  • Mutual fight between two parties.

Aggravated assault enhances the crime to Superior Court and increases the penalties to significant incarceration, probation, felony record, and steep monetary penalties. Aggravated assault occurs when an actor:

  • Causes or attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another;
  • Purposely or knowingly causes or attempts to cause bodily
  • injury to another with a deadly weapon;
  • Recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly
  • Weapon;
  • Points a firearm in the direction of another showing extreme
  • indifference to human life;
  • Commits simple assault on a protected person including
  • police officer, EMT, Judge, etc.

The penalties associated with any assault can be severe. In addition to possible incarceration, you or your loved one faces the possibility of steep fines, probation, community service, and a criminal record. McGuckin Law takes your charges seriously and has successfully handled a wide array of assault and threat crimes. Call today for a free consultation with an experienced Ocean County Criminal Defense Lawyer at 732.924.4200.

How to Beat Ocean County Assault Charges

McGuckin Law aggressively defends clients charged with the above types of assault and threat acts. We utilize a three-prong targeted approach in our defense strategy. First we focus on the factual aspects of the case and determine whether or not the state would be likely meet its burden of proof were the matter to go to trial. We look for factual discrepancies to locate issues relating to:

  • Probable Cause
  • Self Defense
  • Mitigating Circumstances

If it looks like the state will have difficulties in proving the matter beyond a reasonable doubt, we will identify those issues and prepare the appropriate motion to suppress evidence or dismiss the case or work out a downgrade or dismissal with the prosecutor. If the state has a sound case against you, we will determine whether or not you are eligible for a diversionary program such as:

  • Conditional Dismissal
  • Pre-Trial Intervention
  • Mental Health Diversionary Program
  • Veteran Diversionary Program
  • Drug Court

Typically, these programs are available for first time offenders and result in a deferred dismissal of your charges as long as you comply with the requirements of the program and stay out of trouble for the prescribed period. Some types of assault-related crimes are not eligible for Mental Health Diversion and Veteran Diversion Programs. Click here for more information on diversionary programs. Finally, in addition to pursuing a successful outcome factually and understanding your diversionary program options, we will use our understanding of the judicial process to defend your matter procedurally. Procedural tactics include:

  • Making absolutely certain that the state has provided us with all discovery;
  • That a victim has been identified and located;
  • That the victim intends to pursue the charges in a citizen complaint.

Furthermore, it is our experience that proactive clients, when paired with proactive attorneys, achieve the best results. We will work with you to engage in an anger management or related program in an attempt to demonstrate to the Prosecutor, the Court, and the victim that we are serious about the allegations and intend to modify future behavior. In taking serious steps at the beginning of your legal matter, we are often able to present the possible strongest defense at its conclusion.

Call McGuckin Law Today!

Assault charges are stressful and serious. Whether you are facing a stalking charge in Little Egg Harbor, disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, or Criminal Mischief in Barnegat we are here to help. Take your time choosing an attorney that is the right fit for you. We take your trust and your defense seriously. Call us any time for a free consultation at 732.924.4200. We will strive to provide you and your defense with the value, experience and diligence that our clients can expect.