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Third Degree Aggravated Assault In New Jersey

Third Degree Aggravated Assault NJ – NJ Third Degree Aggravated Assault – What are 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault Penalties in NJ

“Because third degree aggravated assault is considered a violent crime, New Jersey prosecutors often seek the harshest possible penalties. These cases should be handled carefully and by a skilled criminal defense attorney to secure the best possible outcome.”

aggravated assault njThird degree aggravated can arise out of unforeseen circumstances, typically stemming from a bar fight or a domestic incident. Depending on the circumstances, a charge of third degree aggravated assault can lead to five (5) years in prison, in addition to other penalties outlined below.

On the bright side, having an experienced attorney by your side is the best way to drastically reduce your punishments and potentially get your case dismissed.

The Tormey Law Firm is a team of highly aggressive criminal defense lawyers that includes an active New Jersey prosecutor. We’re committed to working on your behalf and providing you with the best possible defense against the charge. We’ve got extensive experience defending clients charged with violent crimes, including second degree aggravated assault, third degree aggravated assault, and simple assault.

Additionally, we have developed a series of advanced defense strategies that we use to defend clients against assault charges. Some of these strategies can be found in our video series on “How to Beat Assault Charges.”

Do not delay in contacting us for a free consultation, and please continue reading this page to learn more about third degree aggravated assault in New Jersey.

Third degree aggravated assault is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), which provides that a person is guilty of third degree aggravated assault if he or she purposely or knowingly causes significant bodily injury, or if he or she causes significant bodily injury with indifference to human life.

Additionally, a person can be charged if he or she accidentally causes significant bodily injury while using a deadly weapon. New Jersey prosecutors interpret this provision quite broadly, applying it to persons who point a firearm at another person.

Beyond that, in some instances, simple assault can be upgraded to third degree aggravated assault if the assault was committed against a law enforcement officer. As you can imagine, New Jersey prosecutors do not take kindly to defendants who are accused of roughing up a police officer.

Unfortunately, New Jersey prosecutors tend to interpret “significant” bodily harm very broadly, meaning that they will bring charges if the injury creates even a short-term loss of function of any body part or inhibits use of any one of the five senses.

A conviction for third degree aggravated assault can carry a prison term of between one (1) and five (5) years.

Call the experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm for a free consultation about your third degree aggravated assault charge.

We know exactly how to fight your charge and help you avoid third degree aggravated assault penalties. With experienced criminal defense lawyers on staff, we understand how to undermine the prosecution’s theory of the case against you.

Call us today for a free consultation so that we can begin to look through the specific details of your file and craft a defense strategy that will work for you.

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N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) – Third Degree Aggravated Assault Statute

A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he or she:

(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, as defined in section 2C:39-1f., at or in the direction of another, whether or not the actor believes it to be loaded; or

(5) Commits a simple assault as defined in subsection a. (1), (2), or (3) of this section upon:

(a) Any law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority or because of his status as a law enforcement officer; or

(b) Any paid or volunteer fireman acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or otherwise clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of the duties of a fireman; or

(c) Any person engaged in emergency first-aid or medical services acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or otherwise clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of emergency first-aid or medical services; or

(d) Any school board member, school administrator, teacher, school bus driver or other employee of a public or nonpublic school or school board while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties or because of his status as a member or employee of a public or nonpublic school or school board or any school bus driver by an operator under contract to a public or nonpublic school or school board while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties or because of his status as a school bus driver; or

(e) Any employee of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties or because of his status as an employee of the division; or

(f) Any justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Superior Court, judge of the Tax Court or municipal judge while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of judicial duties or because of his status as a member of the judiciary; or

(g) Any operator of a motorbus or the operator’s supervisor or any employee of a rail passenger service while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties or because of his status as an operator of a motorbus or as the operator’s supervisor or as an employee of a rail passenger service; or

(h) Any Department of Corrections employee, county corrections officer, juvenile corrections officer, State juvenile facility employee, juvenile detention staff member, juvenile detention officer, probation officer or any sheriff, undersheriff, or sheriff’s officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority; or

(i) Any employee, including any person employed under contract, of a utility company as defined in section 2 of P.L.1971, c.224 (C.2A:42-86) or a cable television company subject to the provisions of the “Cable Television Act,” P.L.1972, c.186 (C.48:5A-1 et seq.) while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the performance of his duties in regard to connecting, disconnecting or repairing or attempting to connect, disconnect or repair any gas, electric or water utility, or cable television or telecommunication service; or

(j) Any health care worker employed by a licensed health care facility to provide direct patient care, any health care professional licensed or otherwise authorized pursuant to Title 26 or Title 45 of the Revised Statutes to practice a health care profession, except a direct care worker at a State or county psychiatric hospital or State developmental center or veterans’ memorial home, while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the duties of providing direct patient care or practicing the health care profession; or

(k) Any direct care worker at a State or county psychiatric hospital or State developmental center or veterans’ memorial home, while clearly identifiable as being engaged in the duties of providing direct patient care or practicing the health care profession, provided that the actor is not a patient or resident at the facility who is classified by the facility as having a mental illness or developmental disability; or

(6) Causes bodily injury to another person while fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in violation of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:29-2 or while operating a motor vehicle in violation of subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:20-10. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a person shall be strictly liable for a violation of this subsection upon proof of a violation of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:29-2 or while operating a motor vehicle in violation of subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:20-10 which resulted in bodily injury to another person; or

(7) Attempts to cause significant bodily injury to another or causes significant bodily injury purposely or knowingly or, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly causes such significant bodily injury; or

(8) Causes bodily injury by knowingly or purposely starting a fire or causing an explosion in violation of N.J.S.2C:17-1 which results in bodily injury to any emergency services personnel involved in fire suppression activities, rendering emergency medical services resulting from the fire or explosion or rescue operations, or rendering any necessary assistance at the scene of the fire or explosion, including any bodily injury sustained while responding to the scene of a reported fire or explosion. For purposes of this subsection, “emergency services personnel” shall include, but not be limited to, any paid or volunteer fireman, any person engaged in emergency first-aid or medical services and any law enforcement officer. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a person shall be strictly liable for a violation of this paragraph upon proof of a violation of N.J.S.2C:17-1 which resulted in bodily injury to any emergency services personnel; or

(9) Knowingly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, points or displays a firearm, as defined in subsection f. of N.J.S.2C:39-1, at or in the direction of a law enforcement officer; or

(10) Knowingly points, displays or uses an imitation firearm, as defined in subsection v. of N.J.S.2C:39-1, at or in the direction of a law enforcement officer with the purpose to intimidate, threaten or attempt to put the officer in fear of bodily injury or for any unlawful purpose; or

(11) Uses or activates a laser sighting system or device, or a system or device which, in the manner used, would cause a reasonable person to believe that it is a laser sighting system or device, against a law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority. As used in this paragraph, “laser sighting system or device” means any system or device that is integrated with or affixed to a firearm and emits a laser light beam that is used to assist in the sight alignment or aiming of the firearm.

Aggravated assault under subsection b. (1) and b. (6) is a crime of the second degree; under subsections b. (2), b. (7), b. (9) and b. (10) is a crime of the third degree; under subsections b. (3) and b. (4) is a crime of the fourth degree; and under subsection b. (5) is a crime of the third degree if the victim suffers bodily injury, otherwise it is a crime of the fourth degree. Aggravated assault under subsection b. (8) is a crime of the third degree if the victim suffers bodily injury; if the victim suffers significant bodily injury or serious bodily injury it is a crime of the second degree. Aggravated assault under subsection b. (11) is a crime of the third degree.