Man Arrested after Assaulting Berkeley Supermarket Employee

Man Arrested after Assaulting Berkeley Supermarket Employee

Officials are searching for a 34-year-old man who is suspected of stabbing a ShopRite supermarket employee multiple times. According to a news report in The Asbury Park Press, the assault occurred near the checkout lanes inside the supermarket on Atlantic City Boulevard in Berkeley. Officials say the man drove away from the incident. It is unclear what triggered the incident or if the suspect knows the 37-year-old victim. The suspect is wanted on attempted murder charges.

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a) 1, a person is guilty of an attempt to commit murder if the person “Purposely engaged in conduct which was intended to cause the death of the victim, if the attendant circumstances were as a reasonable person would believe them to be,” or “Did or omitted to do anything with the purpose of causing the death of the victim without further conduct on (his/her) part.”

During an attempted murder trial, the prosecution will have to prove that the defendant acted beyond a reasonable doubt to cause fatal injuries. Some assault or aggravated assault cases or cases involving a deadly weapon such as a knife or firearm may be elevated to attempted murder charges in New Jersey. These charges could result in life-changing consequences including a lengthy prison term, hefty fines, and a criminal record.

The experienced assault defense lawyers in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein have a successful track record of representing those who are facing serious assault charges. 

Delaware Township Woman Charged with Assaulting Sister with Phone

Assaulting Sister with Phone

A 20-year-old woman faces assault and domestic violence charges after allegedly striking her sister with a phone. According to a report by The Hunterdon Democrat, the incident occurred at a Delaware Township home. Officials say the sister woke up the woman too early for work and the 20-year-old responded by ripping the family phone from the wall and striking her with it. The alleged victim was treated at the scene for a head injury and the alleged aggressor was charged with domestic violence and simple assault.

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, simple assault in New Jersey is when a person, “(1) Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or (2) negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.” Simple assault is typically a disorderly persons offense, but it can be decreased to a petty disorderly persons offense if it involved a consensual fight or if all parties were actually involved in the physical altercation.

A simple assault charge can result in domestic violence charges as well if the two parties involved are dating, married, living together, or relatives. In such cases, the defendant may face additional charges and penalties. It is important that these types of cases are taken seriously.

The experienced domestic violence lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein help those who have been accused of disorderly persons offenses.

New Jersey Man Charged with Assaulting Girlfriend

New Jersey Man Charged with Assaulting Girlfriend

A New Jersey man was arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident that resulted in a woman suffering a broken nose. According to a news report in The Asbury Park Press, the alleged assault occurred on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick. Officials say the 28-year-old man held his girlfriend and two of her female friends against their will. The alleged victim suffered a broken nose before escaping and calling the authorities. He fled the scene only to return and attempt to resist arrest. He now faces aggravated assault, criminal restraint, and resisting arrest charges.

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a), simple assault is when a person “attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or (2) Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or (3) Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.”

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), simple assault becomes aggravated assault when a person “attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another.” Aggravated assault typically involves the threat of a serious injury or death or the use of a deadly weapon.

A skilled assault defense attorney will typically fight to have an aggravated assault charge dismissed or at least reduced to a simple assault. In some cases, it is also possible to keep the defendant out of jail by fighting the charges or by negotiating for alternative sentencing options.

The NJ assault defense attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help New Jersey residents fight these types of charges and keep them out of jail.