Simple Assault – N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a

What is Simple Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a?


Simple Assault can either be charged as a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly offense if it was regarding a fight in which there was mutual consent. The cases of those accused of Simple Assault will be heard by the Municipal Court of the municipality where the alleged assault took place. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a, Simple Assault may be charged under the following conditions:

  • Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another;
  • Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
  • Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.


What Penalties Am I Facing if I am Charged with Simple Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a?


Those charged with Simple Assault, Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a are subject to the following possible penalties:

  • A fine up to $1,000
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Restitution
  • Probation
  • Community Service
  • Mandatory Anger Management
  • Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm


What Should I Do if I am Charged with Simple Assault N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a?

If you have been charged with Simple Assault pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a in the State of New Jersey, call one of our experienced attorneys today to provide the clarity and peace of mind you’re looking for.


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