You do not have to be a rowdy, violent person to end up in a bar fight. Anyone can get caught up in a situation they did not want to get into. However, the legal consequences of a bar fight can be serious, especially when it comes to assault charges.
The legal system can be challenging to navigate, and without the right information and guidance, you may end up facing harsh consequences for your actions. You should know what you are up against and what options are available to you.
Understanding assault charges
Bar fights often result in assault charges. In most cases, the charges are simple assault, which is a misdemeanor offense in New Jersey. Simple assault charges typically come up when someone causes bodily harm to another person, whether it was on purpose or due to negligence. The penalties for simple assault can include fines, probation and jail time, depending on the severity of the offense.
However, if the assault is more serious or you used a weapon against someone, you may face aggravated assault charges. These are felony offenses, and the penalties can include significant fines, probation and lengthy prison sentences.
If you are dealing with an assault charge after a bar fight, you may be able to claim self-defense. It could be that you had to use force to protect yourself from harm. However, self-defense claims can be difficult to prove in court, and the burden of proof lies with you.
Bar fights may seem exciting in movies and TV shows, but they are far from harmless. Understanding the legal ramifications can help you stay safe and avoid potential legal trouble. Remember, prevention is better than cure.