In Hunterdon County, when someone operates a motor vehicle in a reckless manner and causes injuries to another person, they can expect to face assault by auto charges. This is a very serious offense. It is a felony indictable crime that can land you in prison for years. An attorney who has the know-how to build a thorough defense and persuasively present your case is what you need if you have been charged with assault by auto in Raritan Township, Clinton, Readington, Tewksbury, Lebanon or another local municipality.
The Charge of Assault by Auto in Hunterdon County
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c assault by auto is an indictable crime. The only place this charge can be heard in Hunterdon County is at the county courthouse in Flemington. Assault by auto can be filed as fourth, third or second degree, depending on nature of the recklessness and the severity of injuries.
Fourth Degree This arises in one of two ways. The first way is by inflicting serious bodily injury to another individual as a result of reckless operation of a motor vehicle. The other way for assault by auto to result in a fourth degree charge is by causing bodily injury as a result of driving while intoxicated (“DWI”).
Third Degree To cause serious bodily injury as the result of DWI, driving under the influence of drugs (“DUI”) or refusing to take a breath test is a third degree offense.
Second Degree When serious bodily injury results from DWI/DUI/Refusal in a school zone, assault by auto is a second degree crime.
Possible Penalties If Convicted on Assault By Auto Charges In Flemington
Penalties for assault by auto in East Amwell, Union Township or Flemington depend upon the degree of the crime. You’re looking at 5-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000 for a second degree conviction. Third degree assault by auto can get you up to 5 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. The lowest grade of assault by auto is fourth degree. It carries up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Pretrial Intervention (PTI) This is a diversion program for third and fourth degree assault by auto charges. The program is for those who have never had a diversion previously and who successfully complete a period of probation which is typically one (1) year.
The defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represents clients charged with assault by auto in Hunterdon County, including those arrested in Flemington, Clinton, Readington, Raritan Township, East Amwell, Lebanon,Bethlehem, Franklin Township, Union Township, Tewksbury, West Amwell, Hampton, Alexandria, Holland, Lambertville, High Bridge, Delaware Township, Glen Gardner, Frenchtown, Milford, Bloomsbury, Califon and Stockton.
Assault By Auto Defense Lawyers in Flemington New Jersey
Flemington is the place that every indictable criminal offense, including assault by auto, gets litigated. If you got arrested for this offense in Bethlehem, Holland Township, Lambertville or another municipality in the county, you need a seasoned New Jersey criminal lawyer. We are Spodek Law Group, a powerful cadre of defense attorneys. We have former prosecutors who have served as Director of Major Crimes, the entire Trial Division, Juvenile and the Drug Task Force on our team. To take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney at our office, call us!
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