Simple assault is a very serious offense that carries severe penalties. A simple assault in Brick Township occurs when someone uses force or physical contact on another person and it results in bodily injury. The law defines bodily injury as physical pain, illness, or an impairment of the physical condition. A charge of simple assault may also be written if a person acts with reckless (irresponsible) disregard in creating a negligent (careless) risk of bodily injury to a person. The Brick criminal lawyers of Villani & DeLuca have decades of experience defending people accused of simple assault.
Aggravated assault is issued by a Brick Township police officer when a person attempts to cause serious bodily harm to another with a deadly weapon. This crimes carries steeper penalties than simple assault and is a very serious offense. A variety of items may constitute a “deadly weapon.” In addition to guns and knives, this offense also includes objects that are not ordinarily thought of as weapons, so long as the object was used in a way such that it would cause serious bodily injury.
For example, while not normally thought of as naturally violent weapons, a brick, rock or stone can be used in a way to cause severe bodily harm or even death. The law can even be as strict as to warrant a conviction of aggravated assault if you use the object in a fight but do not actually hit or strike the person with it. For instance, a charge of aggravated assault will likely result if someone points a gun at another, even if the gun is unloaded.