According to authorities, a special education teacher for Lodi school district has been arrested for Simple Assault. Forty-three year-old Melissa Grant-Terhune was arrested by Fort Lee police and she is accused of scratching a male victim’s face (which is described as a domestic violence incident). Grant-Terhune is the third Lodi teacher who was arrested in the past six months. The teacher’s current salary is $78,576. Grant-Terhune has a previous run in with the law, as she was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in 2016. Grant-Terhune is scheduled to appear at the Fort Lee Municipal Court on April 9, 2019 on the Simple Assault charge. Click here to read more at www. northjersey.com.
In New Jersey, Simple Assault is a disorderly persons offense unless committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a petty disorderly persons offense. Punishment for a disorderly persons offense can range from a fine to up to 6 months in the county jail. Punishment for a petty disorderly persons offense can range from a fine to up to 3 months in the county jail.
A person is guilty of simple assault if he: Attempted to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are charged with Simple Assault, you need to contact an attorney immediately. The consequences of being convicted may be permanent. Criminal Defense Lawyer, Alissa D. Hascup is dedicated to protecting your rights in court and achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office today for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.