When words get out of hand and actions follow, criminal charges may be the unfortunate result. This can lead to assault or related threat charges. These types of allegations are becoming more common in both the Newark Superior Court, as well as the municipal courts in Essex County. And because these accusations often come down to a he said/she said situation, the skills of an experienced assault and threat offense defense attorney can make all the difference. At the Newark Law Office of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver we can help you make that all-important difference.

Essex County NJ Assault Lawyer

essex county assaultYou don’t need to physically attack or even make contact with someone else to be charged with assault. Assault may be charged with only the threat of imminent bodily harm. The biggest segment of assault offenses involve simple assault charges. This violation is a disorderly persons offense that is typically handled in one of the twenty-two (22) municipal courts in Essex County, and is punishable with up to six months in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, plus court costs and other fees. Aggravated assault, which is more serious and exposes an individual to an indictable offense of the second degree, third degree, or fourth degree, is handled at the county court in Newark NJ. A conviction results in potentially severe penalties, including up to ten (10) years in state prison in the case of a second degree.

Another common offense is terroristic threats or threatening to commit a crime against another person. The behavior you exhibit must be sinister, grave and believable, with the real possibility of psychological impact on the victim. These threats are usually third degree indictable or felony offenses, and the punishment may include a three to five year prison term. A conviction for this crime appears as “Terroristic Threats” on your criminal record, which has obvious repercussions for possible future employment.

Newark NJ Aggravated Assault Attorneys

Newark, the largest city in Essex County with over 279,000 residents, had 4,373 assaults in 2012, both simple and aggravated. This is an increase of 2.7% from 2011. A distant second, with close to 65,000 people, East Orange had a total of 984 simple and aggravated assaults, down 7% from 2011. And Essex County’s third most populous city, Irvington, with more than 56,000 residents, had 1144 total assaults in 2012, an increase of 4.5% over 2012.

Our firm has experience in defending all assault related offenses. We offer skilled representation in the following types of assault and threat cases:

Newark NJ Assault Defense Attorneys

There are various defenses to assault, such as consensual fighting, self-defense, defense of property and prevention of a crime. Our experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of John F. Marshall are well versed in these defenses and all applicable others. Early intervention by our skilled legal team helps you attain a much better outcome for your case. We will do our best to convince the State to charge you at the lowest possible level. We evaluate the evidence against you and the circumstances of your situation. This information allows us to determine whether it’s better to negotiate a beneficial plea bargain for you, or proceed to trial and mount an aggressive defense. Our extensive criminal defense experience and outstanding reputation makes our firm an excellent choice for your defense.

Terroristic Threats Attorney in West Orange NJ

If you or a loved one is charged with assault or terroristic threats, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver in Essex County right away. The sooner we can work on strategy for your charges, the better your chances for a positive resolution. Call 973-710-1520 to schedule a consultation for this important matter.