In New Jersey, you can be charged with assault, if you injure or attempt to injure another person without legal justification. When prosecutors are deciding your charges, they can charge you with simple assault or aggravated assault. The difference in charges depends on several factors including the victim's injuries, whether a weapon was used to cause injury, and whether the victim is provided certain protections under New Jersey law. The following details are regarding simple assault only.
Simple assault is committed when a person attempts or causes bodily injury to someone else. The law states the injury must have been recklessly, knowingly, or purposely caused by the person. Simple assault charges can also be filed if a person negligently injures someone while using a deadly weapon.Lastly, if a person puts another person in fear of serious bodily injury imminently, they can be charged with simple assault.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. If the injury occurred as the result of a consensual fight or scuffle, it could be reduced to a petty disorderly persons offense. If found guilty of simple assault, you can expect to be fined and/or make restitution. The fine should not exceed $1,000 for the more serious conviction. The fine for the lesser conviction has a fine of $500.