Assault Defense Attorneys in Trenton NJ

Assault & Threat Crimes

Mercer County NJ Assault and Threat Charges Lawyer

A conviction for an assault or threat crime in Mercer County can severely adversely affect an individual’s future. It goes without saying that the potential jail time that comes along with an assault conviction can negatively affect an individual’s future but even an allegation alone can have a damaging impact.  Over the years assault crimes have certainly been on the rise, especially in the domestic violence context. If the underlying allegation falls under New Jersey’s domestic violence prevention act, then in addition to fighting the criminal assault charges, a Defendant may also be forced to deal with a Temporary Restraining Order as well. As you will see in greater detail below, although a restraining order is civil in nature, the ramifications if one is imposed can be more devastating than some criminal charges. If you have been arrested and charged with an assault charge in Mercer County, the Law Office of Proetta, Oliver & Fay can help. Here is some need to know information on assault and threat charges in Mercer County.

Do I Need an Attorney for Assault Charge in Mercer County?

Assaultive “types” of offenses in New Jersey include simple assault, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and eluding. These types of charges carry with them rather severe consequences if convicted. Those consequences can include but are not limited to, incarceration, probation, high fines, felony criminal records, mandatory anger management and community service. If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Mercer County, the Law Offices of Proetta, Oliver & Fay can help. Our entire practice is and has been dedicated to defending those who have been charged with criminal offenses in courts throughout New Jersey.  Our attorneys have handled thousands of assaultive types of cases throughout their career. We serve all of Mercer County, including towns like Hamilton, Trenton, Lawrence, Robbinsville,  Princeton, Hightstown, Ewing, West Windsor and East Windsor. If you would like to come into our office to have a face to face consultation with Mr. Oliver or one of the other members of our team, then please contact us directly at (609) 789-0079. We can be reached 24/7 and as always our initial consultations are free. Now here is a list of some of the assaultive crimes that our office represents clients on.

What You Should Know About Assault Charges in Mercer County

Most of the crimes referenced below will be classified as “indictable offenses” which are more commonly known as felony offenses. Depending on the specific offense that the individual is charged with, they could be facing anywhere from six months in the Mercer County Jail all the way up to life in prison. As you can tell these are very serious charges and one’s that should not be taken lightly or underestimated. The vast majority of assault cases in New Jersey will not be black and white. Meaning there is always a backstory as to what happened. This is where an aggressive and skilled defense attorney can make a difference. Getting a prosecutor to understand the Defendant’s version of events is crucial to defending these types of cases, especially in the domestic violence context.

Real Assault Client’s with Real Results

Here is an article about a recent case Mr. Oliver had where the client was facing 2nd degree aggravated assault charges. State v. M.M. and here is what M.M. had to say about Mr. Oliver’s services:

Great lawyer – Very Personable

Not only is Keith hardworking, persistent, and dedicated, but he is also personable. In other words, Keith is not just doing his job; he sincerely cares for his clients and strives to do what is in their best interests. In my case, I was involved in a situation that I shouldn’t have been involved with. It turns out thereafter that I commenced the pursuit of a career in an industry with very stringent requirements as far as the law is concerned. To come to the realization that I could be barred from the industry if the outcome of my case didn’t go well was as much as an eye-opener as it was upsetting. The whole process of my case was lengthy and burdensome but Keith stuck with me and my case. He was always available to address my questions and concerns. As it turns out I got an outcome better much than I had expected. The judge even conceded herself that Keith had done a remarkable job. One mistake can not only impede your progress but can ruin your life. That could have been the case with me but it wasn’t. In other words, Keith saved my life 🙂

Common Assault Crimes Charged in New Jersey

Where Do I Go to Court for an Assault Case in Mercer County?

Assault and Threat crimes are hybrid offenses. Meaning that some offenses will be classified as an indictable offense (felony) and others will be classified as disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). Therefore, the case could be litigated in either the Mercer County Superior Court or the local Municipal Court where the incident happened. All felony assault and threat crimes must be transferred from the local Municipal Court to the Mercer County Superior Court, which is located in Trenton for disposition. Conversely, all disorderly persons offenses will be sent directly to the local Municipal Court for disposition.

How to Post Bail For Assault Charge in Mercer County New Jersey

On January 1, 2017, the bail system as we knew it forever changed. New Jersey shifted from a pure cash/bond system to a risk assessment. In other words, the days of simply appearing at the local police station and posting a cash/bond and securing the release of a loved one are long gone. If a Defendant is charged on what is known as a Complaint-Warrant then they will be subject to New Jersey’s Bail Reform Act. That means that they must be taken from the local police station to the Mercer County Jail for at least 24 to 48 hours so that Pretrial Services can conduct their risk assessment. That assessment will then be used by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office when the decide whether to agree to release the individual on bail or to file a formal motion for detention. This will be announced in open court at the individual’s Central Judicial Processing Hearing. If a formal motion for Detention has been filed then a hearing must be conducted to determine if the individual will be released. During that hearing the Judge will hear arguments from both sides and it will ultimately be up to them to decide whether or not the individual should be detained in the county jail, without bail, pending trial. These hearings are very crucial and should always be contested. For more information on Detention Hearings in Mercer County, please click the link.

Can I be Charged with a Restraining Order for False Assault Charge in New Jersey?

If an individual is charged with a criminal offense like assault, terroristic threats, harassment and stalking and that offense is classified as an act of domestic violence, they could also find themselves being served with a temporary restraining order. If the alleged victim of the assault crime falls under New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act then they would be entitled to seeking a temporary restraining order based on the same conduct that lead to the criminal charges. If this occurs, the individual will be required to defend the temporary restraining order at a Final Restraining Order Hearing, which will be held in the Chancery Division, Family Part of the Mercer County Superior Court. Despite involving the same set of facts, this hearing will be separate and apart from the criminal charges. For more information on final restraining order hearings in Mercer County, please click the link. It is also important to note here, that although these cases are separate and apart, the testimony given during the final restraining order hearing could be adversely used in a later criminal trial. Therefore, if you find yourself in this type of situation, it is crucial to speak to an attorney today about your options.

Consult with a Trenton NJ Assault Defense Attorney Today

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver have a tremendous amount of experience representing clients charged with various criminal offenses in Courts like the Hamilton Municipal Court, the Lawrence Municipal Court, the Ewing Municipal Court, the Trenton Municipal Court, the East Windsor Municipal Court, the Hopewell Municipal Court, the Mercer County Superior Court. If you find yourself facing criminal charges like simple assault, terroristic threats, eluding, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct or harassment, we can help. Our lawyers have successfully handled countless cases over the years including various types of assault and threat charges and now we would like to put that experience to work for you. If you would like to come into our office and discuss your options today then please contact us at (609) 789-0079 or you can email us at.