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Assaults and Violent Crimes

Toms River Assault Defense Lawyers

Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is a team of eight criminal lawyers, several of whom are former prosecutors, that have been defending criminal charges in Toms River and elsewhere in Ocean County for over a century combined. We realize how important it is to keep your record clean from a criminal conviction so that your future is not comprised. If you were charged with a second degree, third degree, fourth degree or even a disorderly persons offense for an assault related offense, we will utilize all of our knowledge and skill to insure that you achieve the best possible result in your case. Contact our Toms River Office to speak to a lawyer on our staff anytime 24/7. A free consultation is available immediately by calling (732) 286-6500.

Assault or Threat Offense in Ocean County New Jersey

Assault and threat charges make up one of the largest categories of criminal offense filed in Ocean County. A wide range of violations fall within this block including many varieties of both municipal court and Ocean County Superior Court assault charges in Toms River. The most common charges of this nature are simple assault, aggravated assault, harassment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. Whether one of these or another violation is a misdemeanor or felony hinges on the grade of the offense. For example, an aggravated assault may be a fourth degree crime if the incident arises out of a certain facts and a second degree crime if others are involved. Similar variation exists with respect to a charge like harassment which, while typically heard in municipal court as a disorderly persons offense, may also result in an indictable criminal charge. In order for you to assess the seriousness of the charge you are facing, you must pinpoint the grade of offense set forth in the complaint or indictment. The following chart outlines the penalties for an assault or threat offense by grade.

Grade of Offense

Maximum Fine

Term of Incarceration

First Degree


10-20 Years

Second Degree


5-10 Years

Third Degree


3-5 Years

Fourth Degree


0-18 Months

Disorderly Persons Offense


6 Months Maximum

When the circumstances of this type of offense are deemed violate in nature under New Jersey Law, the No Early Release Act ("NERA") may be triggered.  NERA requires that an individual serve a mandatory minimum term of incarceration during which he/she is ineligible for release. More specifically, a defendant must serve at least 85% of his/her sentence before parole may be granted when NERA applies. Lakewood NJ Assault Attorney As the chart illustrates, a conviction for an assault related offense can have serious ramifications. Exposure to state prison is a possibility in many cases, especially when conduct results in significant mental or physical injuries. Representation by a seasoned criminal lawyer can unquestionably go a long way in averting negative consequences. The assault lawyers at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have over 100 years of success in defending these cases.  We have handled literally thousands of cases and are adapt in securing favorable outcomes. Call us at (732) 286-6500 any time 24/7 for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable criminal attorneys.

What Clients Say About Our Ocean County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Exemplary attorneys. I hired them for a DUI and an expungement. I was happy with the results for both cases. Special thank you to Samera for always answering all of my calls and questions JC
I'm 45 years old and this was my first time ever getting in trouble with the law. I was in need of a lawyer and after careful research, I called John F. Marshall Attorneys and was introduced to Abe Basch. Abe was professional, supportive and very thorough. I had three charges against me, one civil and two criminal. I was so scared and expressed that to Abe. The first day I had to go to court, I was an absolute nervous wreck but Abe prepped me and kept my anxiety levels down by going over the process of the courts thoroughly with me. He fought to get my charges dismissed and won all three cases (two court appearances). Abe is positive, confident and he ensured I felt the same way. I'd like to say thank you to Abe for working so diligently on my cases to get them dismissed. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest! I highly recommend Abe for any charges you may be faced with. Rose C.
I was out of state on a family emergency and I had to retain council asap as a boy friend was sitting in county jail with the new no bail point system and Mr marshal and staff made me feel Soo much better knowing that my detained loved one was in such great hands! He spoke to me as I was outta state kept in touch allowed me to work out payment due to the situation and just all out the difference in my bfs voice alone with all the medical problems and such he was going threw sounded better than he had since the first day he was there and was Soo happy that Mr marshal went that day retained to see him in the jail and have him ready for court which wasn't supposed to be till Friday but again Mr marshall and team got it so we can get him now on wendsday and all I have to say is if your looking for a real down to earth lawyer that will work with you and help in anyway possible and I can't for get the team at the office TONI and everyone else thank you again I'd give 100 stars if I could! Nicole J.
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