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  • NJ A2089
  • Categorizes "knockout game" assault as third-degree aggravated assault; eliminates presumption of nonimprisonment for such assault.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill categorizes a "knockout game" assault as a crime of the third degree, normally punishable by a term of imprisonment of three to five years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both. Such an assault is described in the bill as an attempt to cause or causing significant bodily injury to another by a single punch, kick, or other singular striking motion for the sole purpose of bringing about the loss of consciousness of that other person. Causing a person to lose consciousness represents a "significant bodily injury" to that person, see N.J.S.2C:11-1, and attempting to cause or causing such injury is already subject to prosecution as a third-degree aggravated assault under paragraph (7) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:12-1. However, by establishing a separate category of aggravated assault specifically concerning a "knockout game" assault, the bill is then able to establish a separate, potentially more significant penalty for such an act. Thus, under the bill, while generally a third-degree aggravated assault would continue to carry with it a presumption of nonimprisonment, see N.J.S.2C:44-1, subsection e., a person who committed a "knockout game" assault would not have this presumption, making it more likely that such person could face imprisonment.
Law and Public Safety
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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