Domestic Violence Simple Assault supports weapons possession ban – State v. Wahl

Earlier today, the Appellate Division released State v. Wahl. Defendant was convicted in municipal court of simple assault under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)(1). The panel held that the disorderly persons offense of simple assault in a domestic violence context is a “misdemeanor crime of violence” under federal law sufficient to bar the defendant’s possession, use or ownership of firearms.

As a result of this case, defense attorneys must be sure to inform their domestic violence clients of this collateral consequence in municipal court.
A copy of State v. Wahl is attached.

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