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Clifton NJ Simple Assault Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorney in Passaic County, New Jersey

Alissa D. Hascup is a passionate, skilled criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in Passaic County and throughout New Jersey, including Clifton, Paterson, Montclair, Totowa, and Wayne. She has handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in both Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses).

Many of Ms. Hascup’s clients have been charged with threat and assault crimes such as aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, and stalking. Using her experience as a former special deputy attorney general, assistant county prosecutor, and municipal prosecutor, she has successfully defended her clients against those charges, obtaining various alternative dispositions including outright dismissals.

A conviction for simple assault can have lasting consequences. If you or a loved one is facing charges of simple assault, it is critical for you to have a lawyer who knows how to attack the State’s case and fight on your behalf for the best possible result. Contact Ms. Hascup anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.

Simple Assault in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a

Simple Assault is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a, which provides:

A person is guilty of simple assault if he:

  1. Attempted to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
  2. Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
  3. Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

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.

As to what constitutes bodily injury and serious bodily injury, and for the definition of a deadly weapon, see the Related Definitions Subsection (codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1).

Contact a Totowa NJ Simple Assault Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing Simple Assault charges, contact a lawyer immediately. The consequences of a conviction for an assault-related offense are permanent and may have collateral consequences. Alissa D. Hascup will attack the charges against you and put you in a position to achieve the best possible outcome. Contact her office today for a free consultation.

Contact Us

If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you want a battle-tested, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Alissa D. Hascup will protect your rights and your freedom. She is highly skilled and incredibly motivated and puts clients first – always.

Please contact Ms. Hascup’s office today to request a free initial consultation about your criminal charges. She will review the facts of your case, answer your questions, and explain how she can best defend you.

Ms. Hascup can be reached 24/7. For your convenience, she offers night and weekend appointments, as well as virtual appointments.

Courts We Serve

In Passaic County, including Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Passaic, West Milford, Hawthorne, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Totowa, North Haledon, Haledon, Bloomingdale, and Prospect Park, in Morris County, including Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Randolph, Rockaway, Madison, Boonton, Dover, East Hanover, Montville, Lincoln Park, Pequannock, Butler, and Riverdale, in Essex County, including Newark, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Irvington, Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Millburn, Verona, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Glen Ridge, Fairfield, and Roseland.


999 Riverview Drive

Totowa, NJ 07512

165 East Main Street

Denville, NJ 07834