According to authorities in Middlesex county, a man was charged with attempted murder after stabbing a woman at a flea market. Police allege that Ross Durham, who lives in an apartment that overlooks a Rahway Ave flea market in Avenel began yelling at a 45 year-old Newark woman and her son. Woodbridge Police allege that an argument ensued and Durham left his apartment, followed the woman and her son into the flea market, and then stabbed her in the neck with a knife at about 7:15am. Police arrested Durham at his apartment a short time after. The woman was taken to University Hospital in Newark where she was treated and released. Durham was charged with aggravated assault, hindering apprehension, and two weapons offenses. He is being held at the Middlesex County Jail. Click here to read more at www.nj.com.
The state of New Jersey takes aggravated assault cases very seriously. Penalties for Aggravated Assault in New Jersey
Aggravated assault under paragraph 1 or 6 is a crime of the second degree, punishable by a period of between 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with 85% to be served under the No Early Release Act (NERA).
Aggravated assault under paragraph 8 is a crime of the second degree if the victim suffers significant or serious bodily injury; otherwise, it is a crime of the third degree.
Aggravated assault under paragraph 2, 7, 9, 10 or 11 is a crime of the third degree, punishable by a period of between 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Aggravated assault under paragraph 5 is a crime of the third degree if the victim suffers bodily injury; otherwise it is a crime of the fourth degree, punishable by a period of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
Aggravated assault under paragraph 3 or 4 is a crime of the fourth degree.
Aggravated assault under paragraph 12 or 13 is a crime of the third degree, but the presumption of non-imprisonment for a first offense of a crime of the third degree does not apply.
As to what constitutes bodily injury, significant bodily injury, and serious bodily injury, see the Related Definitions Subsection (codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1).
If you or a loved one is charged with aggravated assault, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with the entire range of violent crimes. She has represented individuals in towns like Paterson, Clifton, and Wayne. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court and that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.