In one short word: yes. New Jersey’s assault and battery charges are among some of the strictest in the country and cover a wide range of circumstances ranging from bar fights to domestic violence even serious weapons crimes.
Without the assistance of an experienced defense lawyer, the courts are able to apply strict penalties by interpreting these events in their most serious and violent light – even when what happened in reality is quite different. Often, bar fights can also involve more than assault and battery charges, as law enforcement can also include criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges if they want to. This can cause the costs of the case to skyrocket, bringing significant financial penalties as well as jail time knocking on your door.
The reality is that many bar fights occur under the influence of alcohol and can quickly spread to other patrons in a bar without them even being involved in the cause of the fight. Simply being on the scene and even protecting yourself or another using self-defense can still lead to you being arrested, charged and even convicted – ruining your reputation, your career and leaving a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life.
Contact an experienced defense attorney immediately for a free case evaluation
In assault and battery cases, it is essential to speak to a defense attorney as soon as possible. Do not give any statement to law enforcement without your attorney being present and let your attorney deal with police reports, videos and other evidence that has been admitted into the case. With their expertise and ability to investigate the case on your side, you’ll be able to form a strong defense to protect your rights and have the charges reduced or even dropped.
Experienced defense attorneys know the legal system inside out – and former prosecutors know it even more thoroughly. Dennis Calo is a criminal defense attorney with 40 years of experience in a wide range of criminal cases. A respected trial attorney, he can assist you right from the start – from monitoring your arrest to negotiating pleas, robustly representing you in court and managing the appeals process, if needed.
The consultation is free, call criminal defense attorney Dennis Calo now.