Aggravated assault defense
Any assault other than a “simple assault” is an “aggravated assault.” New Jersey defines some activities to be simple assaults and some to be aggravated assaults even when no injury occurred at all.
All aggravated assaults in New Jersey are crimes. However, depending on the particular factors that elevate a simple assault into an aggravated assault, the aggravated assault can be an aggravated assault of the second degree, third degree, or fourth degree.
One of the more serious types of aggravated assault that New Jersey defines is aggravated assault associated with serious bodily injury. Serious bodily injury aggravated assault is a crime of the second degree. If convicted, a person may serve jail time and if not a U.S. Citizen, may be deported.