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Understanding assault charges

When New Jersey residents are charged with assault, they may think this means they physically harmed another person. However, this is not necessarily the case. If someone is charged with this offense, it is important for them to understand what assault is and what the penalty might be.

Most of the time, an assault charge does not mean that someone has been injured. According to FindLaw, assault usually means that one person tried to harm someone else. Sometimes a person might be charged with assault even if he or she does not attempt to harm people. This is because in some situations, his or her behavior might be reckless or dangerous, creating a situation in which people could possibly get hurt. Additionally, threatening to harm another person can sometimes be considered assault. In this situation, threatening words typically need to be paired with an action that makes people afraid.

Under New Jersey law, people can be charged with more than one kind of assault. FindLaw says that if someone harms another person during a fight they agreed to have, he or she might be charged with a petty disorderly persons offense. Most of the time, if someone causes an injury because of reckless behavior or tries to make other people afraid they will get hurt, he or she might be charged with simple assault.

The penalty for assault typically depends on the type of assault charge. If people agreed to have a fight, then the penalty for the assault may be an imprisonment of 30 days or less. Someone who is charged with simple assault may sometimes need to pay a fine of up to $1,000 or be imprisoned for six months at most.

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