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Sea Isle City Assault & Fighting Offenses

Criminal Defense Attorney & Former Prosecutor

A disagreement and verbal exchange can quickly escalate into a physical confrontation. This is especially true after one or more individuals involved in the altercation have been consuming alcohol. This type of physical confrontation in Sea Isle City, especially around the bars on Landis Avenue, often result in people getting arrested and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty specializes in defending individuals charged with assault and disorderly conduct offenses in Sea Isle City, Cape May County, NJ. Attorney John W. Tumelty is an experienced defense attorney and former state prosecutor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and former assistant prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Attorney John W. Tumelty is available to discuss your case immediately and explain exactly what you will have ahead of you in Sea Isle City Municipal Court. It is critically important to work on formulating a rock-solid defense strategy in the case. The common defenses to a Sea Isle City simple assault charge are self-defense, defense of another person, and misidentification of the person committing the assault.


A Sea Isle City police officer has a few options when it comes to charging someone involved in an assault or fighting. The officer will typically arrest the person and take him back to the Sea Isle City Police Station for processing. The officer will usually issue a criminal complaint on a summons form which does not require the posting of bail. The officer can also charge a criminal offense of disorderly conduct.

The criminal complaint charging simple assault is based on N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a which defines simple assault in New Jersey’s Criminal Code. The statute states:

Simple Assault. A person is guilty of simple assault if he:

  1. Attempts to cause or purposes, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another;
  2. Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;
  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. A simple assault charge can result in a criminal record with potential county jail time and a substantial fine.

If you find yourself charged with assault or fighting in Sea Isle City, or disorderly conduct, please contact Attorney John W. Tumelty immediately at 609-390-4600. Mr.  Tumelty will answer your questions and explain exactly what you have ahead of you in Sea Isle City Municipal Court. Mr. Tumelty will provide good advice for a rock-solid defense and avoiding a criminal record.

Call now for your free initial consultation at 609-390-4600.

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