It is not uncommon for an argument, a personal misunderstanding or some other situation to lead to criminal charges against one or more participants. This can happen even if no one was hurt. Once the criminal justice process has started, apologies and explanations are no longer enough. You need clear legal advice.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a partner at the law firm of Palumbo & Renaud and a New Jersey criminal defense attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options when facing criminal charges.
Defending Clients Against Charges of Threatening Behavior
We have all heard the phrase "assault and battery." What many people do not know is that these are two different crimes. Battery is when you actually physically strike someone, and assault is the crime of causing someone to fear bodily harm, usually through threats.
Although many people do not consider threats to be violent, they are technically considered violent crimes. Whether they arise during a bar fight or a domestic dispute, threats can lead to criminal charges.
While assault (with or without battery) is the most common criminal charge involving threats, certain statements intended to intimidate someone can be considered terroristic threats, and threats to kill (for instance, threats with a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife) can also carry stiffer penalties. Violence against a family member can involve charges of domestic assault.
Some assault and fighting charges carry mandatory jail sentences if you are convicted. I have the experience to help you tell your side of the story and pursue the best possible results, whether that means acquittal, dismissal of the charges, or a lesser charge or penalty.
Defense Against Harassment and Stalking Charges
Harassment and stalking are criminal charges involving threatening behavior toward someone, even if you did not make verbal or physical threats. For instance, frequent angry phone calls may be considered harassment, and following someone may be considered stalking. Sexual harassment can also lead to criminal charges in some situations.
Union County Battery Defense Lawyer
As a criminal attorney I understand what the prosecutor needs to prove in order to convict someone of harassment or stalking and can defend you against these charges.
If you've been charged with assault, assault and battery, harassment, stalking or some other threatening criminal act, contact me right away to discuss your criminal defense options.