New Jersey law is a bit different many other states in that their statutes do not distinguish between misdemeanors
and felonies. There will a criminal offense, a degree level for that offense, and then several different penalty possibilities based on that degree level.
Aggravated Assault in New Jersey is Section § 2C:12-1(b)
of the New Jersey Statutes. It's a crime of the Second degree
if he pleads to aggravated assault under section (b)(1) and (b)(6) of the statute, but can be a third degree crime if he is allowed to plead under (b)(2), (b)(7), (b)(9), (b)(10). Under (b)(3) and (b)(4) it's a crime of the 4th degree, and so on.
So to answer your question, in a plea bargain, your ex-fiance could possibly be allowed to plead guilt to a level of aggravated assault that would carry a lesser penalty than the second degree offense. I say "possibly" for a reason. These charges are very serious, the facts are ugly. Your injuries are severe and your husband has a criminal history. I would not expect that that a domestic violence prosecutor will be inclined to do him any big favors.
He wants to leave the country probably because he knows that and because any plea offer will involve jail. In general the possible jail sentences
are as follows:
Second Degree Felony: 5-10 years of prison
Third Degree: 1-5 years of prison
He won't get a minimum offer. You were wise to alert the state that he hopes to leave the country. They can grab his passport or, failing that, flag his name so that if he tries to flee the jurisdiction of the court, he'll be picked up and returned to NJ. He is the defendant on a criminal case and cannot miss his court date without risking rearrest and the loss of his bond.
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