Assault & Threat Crimes Lawyer Trenton, NJ
Criminal Defense Attorney Tenaciously Advocates for Clients Accused of Assault and Threat Offenses in Mercer County, Monmouth County, and Middlesex County, NJ
If you have been accused of an assault or threat crime in Hamilton or anywhere else in New Jersey, you may be surprised by the severe repercussions that conviction could carry. At the Law Offices of Lauren E. Scardella, I am a Trenton assault & threat crimes lawyer who handles all types of assault and threat crime cases, whether the charge stems from a domestic dispute, a bar fight, or an otherwise harmless argument or misunderstanding. Because many NJ threat crimes do not actually require an allegation that the victim was physically injured, threat charges often originate from a misunderstanding. Assault and threat crimes are considered violent crimes in New Jersey and therefore carry potentially harsh punishments that must be taken seriously. If you face assault or threat crime charges in New Jersey, you need competent legal advice.
I have worked on both the prosecution and defense sides of this issue, and I have cultivated a thorough understanding of what it takes to defeat allegations of assault or threats. I am a compassionate and hands-on attorney who goes the extra mile for each and every client. I was recognized as a Rising Star in the 2018 Super Lawyers publication, and in 2017 I was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Mercer County Bar Association. I have also obtained a perfect 10 AVVO rating for exceptional legal services, which is the highest rating that an attorney can achieve. I am available day or night to discuss your Mercer County or Middlesex County assault case at 609-587-1144, and I provide a free initial consultation.
Robbinsville Assault Crimes Attorney Lauren Scardella Fights for Clients’ Rights in New Jersey
Regardless of the type of assault or threat charge that a client is facing, I will tenaciously advocate to have the charges reduced or even dismissed if possible. Any accusation that a client has committed a criminal offense such as aggravated assault or simple assault will receive my full attention, regardless of how minor the charge may seem. At the Law Offices of Lauren E. Scardella in Hamilton, NJ, I provide compassionate advice to clients who have been accused of crimes relating to assault and threat in New Jersey. I am experienced in defending clients who have been accused of the following:
- Aggravated Assault
- Simple Assault
- Assault by Auto
- Terroristic Threats
- Criminal Restraint
- False Imprisonment
The punishment for an assault or threat crime will vary, depending upon the severity of crime that is charged. Assault charges are typically classified as simple assault or aggravated assault, and the most serious assault charges are punishable as second degree crimes with significant jail time. On the other end of the sliding scale are the disorderly persons offenses, or misdemeanor assault charges:
- Simple assault offenses are generally classified as disorderly persons offenses or petty disorderly persons offenses under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. Simple assault is punishable by up to six months in jail, community service, probation, and monetary fines.
- Harassment is typically a petty disorderly persons offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, and a conviction can result in up to 30 days of jail time.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Assault & Threat Crimes Attorney in East Windsor, NJ
If you have been charged with an assault or threat crime in Hamilton, Robbinsville, Hopewell, South Brunswick, or anywhere else in NJ, it is important to take these allegations very seriously. At the Law Offices of Lauren E. Scardella, I understand how difficult it is to suddenly be faced with criminal charges, and I will leave no stone unturned in advocating to keep your criminal record clean. Call my office at 609-587-1144 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We will discuss your options and how I will proceed to obtain the best possible result in your NJ assault case. My office is centrally located near the five points in Hamilton, New Jersey. I accept all major credit cards and offer flexible scheduling for your convenience. The law firm office is at 2653 Nottingham Way STE 1, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619.
Frequently Asked Questions About NJ Assault and Threat Crime Charges
What is a threat crime in New Jersey?
Threat crimes in New Jersey are generally characterized as violent crimes, even if no actual violence takes place. Threat crimes can include stalking, harassment, and terroristic threats. Harassment is a petty disorderly persons offense that can result in a maximum $500 fine and up to 30 days imprisonment in the county jail if the prosecution can show that the accused intended to harass the victim. Stalking charges are much more serious and can be punishable as a third or fourth degree crime, with a conviction resulting in more significant prison time.
Why is harassment a violent crime in New Jersey even absent physical harm?
New Jersey classifies many threat crimes as violent crimes, partly in order to prevent one party from taking actions that would cause another party to fear for their safety. In many cases, harassment charges are so entangled with issues involving violence, especially domestic violence, that the New Jersey legislature has decided to characterize harassment itself as a violent crime. Regardless of the rationale, if you have been accused of harassment in NJ, it is important to take the allegations seriously and consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.