Domestic Assault Lawyer
Assault is among the most-common allegations in cases of domestic violence. When committed against a current or former spouse or partner, assault can carry additional consequences, and simply facing allegations cause serious issues for your job and in your personal life.
With offices in Essex County and Morristown, we represent individuals who have been accused of assault against their spouses, partners and other members of their households and who are awaiting trial in New Jersey. Attorney Scott Gorman has handled hundreds of cases throughout New Jersey, and he is known as an aggressive advocate for the unjustly accused. If allegations of domestic violence are threatening to ruin your life and destroy your reputation, you can trust Scott to use all available means to mitigate the consequences of the allegations against you.
Understanding Domestic Assault and Battery Charges in NJ
Domestic assault and battery charges involve two separate provisions of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Under Section 2C:25-19, domestic violence is defined as the commission of assault or certain other offenses against current and former spouses and partners and certain other members of the perpetrator’s household. Section 2C:12-1 defines the crime of assault as follows:
“a. Simple assault. A person is guilty of assault if he: (1) Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or (2) Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or (3) Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. . . .
“b. Aggravated assault. A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he: (1) Attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely or knowingly or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly causes such injury; or (2) Attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or (3) Recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or (4) 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.”
As you can see, the definition of assault is extremely broad, and you do not need to intentionally cause harm in order to be convicted. In fact, you do not actually have to cause harm to your spouse or partner at all in order to be guilty of domestic assault in New Jersey. In addition, while the law uses the term, “he,” both males and females can be charged with domestic violence; and, while most domestic violence cases involve charges against husbands and male domestic partners, wives and female partners can face domestic assault charges as well.
Experienced Legal Defense for Accusations of Domestic Assault
If you have been charged with assault in connection with an incident of alleged domestic violence, it is important that you speak with an attorney immediately. Your future may depend on it. You can contact us 24/7, and we will arrange for you to meet with attorney Scott Gorman as soon as possible.
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If you need a domestic violence defense lawyer in New Jersey, contact us now to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation. You can reach us by phone at (201) 489-9199; or, if you cannot call, send us your contact information and we will be in touch shortly.