Penalties for Assault Offenses

The potential penalties upon conviction for Simple Assault include up to six months in jail and/or probation, a fine of up to $1,000, a Victims of Crime Compensation Bureau Assessment of $50, a SNA of $75 and court costs. A domestic violence assessment also applies if the Simple Assault arises out of an incident of domestic violence.

The penalties for Aggravated Assault depend on the grade of offense charged. A Fourth Degree Aggravated Assault involves 0-18 months in jail. A Third Degree Aggravated Assault carries a maximum of 5 years of incarceration. And a Second Degree Aggravated Assault triggers 5 to 10 years of jail. The parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act (“NERA”) also applies to any prison sentence imposed for aggravated assault. NERA mandates that an individual serve 85% of his term of imprisonment before being eligible for parole. The related maximum monetary penalties are $10,000, $15,000, and $150,000, respectively.