Types of Assault Charges
Common Assault charges may be laid against a person if they have threatened to use force against another person. A charge may also be issued in circumstances where a physical act against another person has caused pain or discomfort.
Serious Assault is an aggravated form of common assault. To prove serious assault, there needs to be circumstances of aggravation, such as the person charged assaulted a police officer, person over sixty years of age, or a disabled person.
Assaults Occasioning Bodily Harm may be laid against a person where they have suffered an assault which has caused bodily harm. Bodily harm has been broadly defined to include scratches, bruising, permanent injury and physical disfigurement.
Can I Defend the Charge?
Where a person is found guilty of committing an act of violence, going to jail becomes a very real possibility. If you are facing assault charges, you should consider contacting a criminal lawyer to prepare your defence. Many people who have been charged with assault may have been acting in self-defence. This is where a person had a legitimate reason to assault the person bringing the complaint. However, it is necessary to show with that the self-defence was necessary and the degree of force used was appropriate.
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