Assaults include an intentional act of violence toward another person without their consent. Just waving a fist may be an assault. Usually, the alleged assault includes actual physical contact such as striking another individual.
What constitutes assaults?
As in all criminal matters, it is up to the prosecution to prove the elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt. If you face an assault charge, an experienced criminal lawyer can help you.
Whether a domestic assault or a fight that shouldn’t have happened, Pollock & Company defends all cases of assault to help clients achieve the best outcome possible.
Types of Assaults
A simple assault is caused by the application of force from a person’s extremities such as hands, legs or feet. An assault with a weapon generally involves the application of force with an object such as a stick, bat, knife.
The difference between assault, assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault is the harm suffered. An assault that causes any hurt or injury that interferes with a person’s health or comfort will meet the definition of bodily harm. In order for an assault to meet the definition of an aggravated assault, the injury must be much more severe. Any sort of injury that causes wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of another meets the definition of an aggravated assault.
Consequences of Assaults
The consequences of being found guilty of an assault charge vary from probation to jail time. Usually, the greater the harm, the harsher the penalty. Alternatively, the court may impose a lesser sentence such as probation with counselling or a fine without jail for lesser offences.
Every charge of assault is fact specific. Consulting a criminal lawyer will to assist you is vital in achieving the best outcome possible. Pollock & Company is available 24/7 at 204.997.3967 or contact us at 204.956.0450 for a consultation about your case.