New Jersey (2017)


NJ. REV. STAT. § 2C:12-1. ASSAULT.

1. a.  Simple assault.  A person is guilty of assault if he:

(1) Attempts 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

b. Aggravated assault.  A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he:

(13) [Causes bodily injury to another by strangling the person in the course of committing an act] knowingly or, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, recklessly obstructs the breathing or blood circulation of a person who, with respect to the actor, meets the definition of a victim of domestic violence, as defined in subsection d. of section 3 of P.L.1991, c.261 , [against the person] by applying pressure on the throat or neck or blocking the nose or mouth of such person, thereby causing or attempting to cause bodily injury.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Provides that strangulation of victim resulting in bodily injury during commission of act of domestic violence constitutes aggravated assault.

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