When a person knowingly or negligently causes bodily harm, or puts a person in fear of bodily harm, it is called simple assault. A simple assault is a criminal offense, and includes fights or minor injuries. The crime is governed by New Jersey Law N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.
A person is guilty of assault if they:
- Knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another;
- Negligently causes injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
- Attempts to put someone in fear of bodily injury.
Penalties for Simple Assault
A defendant convicted of simple assault may face fines up to $1000 and 6 months in jail. The defendant may also face probation and restitution.
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