Charges relating to a physical altercation can have serious ramifications. There is the possibility of receiving penalties such as fines, jail time or probation. And having an assault and battery charge on your record could damage your reputation and limit your opportunities. Employers may be less likely to hire someone that they believe may have a proclivity for violence.

The fact is, it can be all too easy to get into a dust-up in a bar or even on the street for reasons that are not really your fault. But if you are arrested for assault and battery, it is important to form a strong defense. One of the most common defenses used to answer assault and battery charges is that of self-defense.

Typically, there are several things that you as a defendant must demonstrate to show that the incident in question was an act of self-defense on your part. For example, you must show that you did not commit any acts of provocation or harm and that there was no way you could have avoided the situation. You must also show that you were on the receiving end of a threat of harm or unlawful force, and you had a reasonable basis for being in fear for your well-being.

Often, those accused of assault and battery charges will choose to work out a plea bargain. Given your circumstances, this may be your best option. But if your involvement in the incident was defensible for reasons such as those mentioned above, then you may wish to take the matter to court.

But in both plea bargain and trial situations, a New Jersey criminal defense attorney could provide you with advice and guidance. Given the potential long-term consequences of a conviction, it is best to understand which option is most likely to result in you achieving your best possible outcome.