2C:12-1a Simple Assault. A person commits a simple assault in one of three ways.

  1. Purposely, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another;
  2. Negligently causing bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
  3. Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense unless committed in a fight entered into two consenting people in which case it is a petty disorderly persons offense.

Simple assault in New Jersey does not require any injury.  Even threat of injury or placing a person in reasonable fear of injury is enough to qualify as simple assault.

Often simple assault is charged as part of domestic violence. When charged as domestic violence the law requires the police to arrest the defendant if there is any visible sign of injury. Under bail reform, a defendant can be spend up to 48 hours in the county jail before seeing a judge for a first appearance.

If you are charged with simple assault in New Jersey, contact the attorneys at Roberts & Teeter today.

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