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  • NJ A3932
  • Concerns the grading of criminal offenses committed against a child under the age of 16 years by a person armed with a weapon.
Introduced
(6/20/2016)
In Committee
(6/20/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill concerns the grading of criminal offenses committed against a child under the age of 16 years by a person armed with a weapon. The bill increases the degree of crime for certain aggravated assaults. Presently N.J.S.2C:12-2 defines the crime of aggravated assault to include many different circumstances. Three of these circumstances concern actions involving weapons. They are: attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon (paragraph (2) of subsection b.); or recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; (paragraph (3) of subsection b.) or knowingly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life points a firearm, as defined in subsection f. of N.J.S.2C:39-1, at or in the direction of another, whether or not the actor believes it to be loaded. (paragraph (4) of subsection b.) Under the provisions of the bill, if any of these three offenses are committed against a child under the age of 16 years then the crime will be graded a degree higher than it is at the current time. Thus, the crime under paragraph (2) of subsection b. is a crime of the third degree but if the victim is under 16 years of age then it will be graded as a crime of the second degree; the crime under paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection b. is a crime of the fourth degree but if the victim is under 16 years of age then it will be graded a crime of the third degree. Additionally, the bill amends N.J.S.2C:44-1 which sets forth aggravating and mitigating factors for a court to consider when imposing a sentence. The bill adds a new aggravating factor that includes that the defendant committed the offense against a person under the age of 16 years while armed with a weapon.
Law and Public Safety
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 6/20/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/20/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
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