A conviction for assault will have a major impact on your life. It will likely lead to both jail time and a criminal record. An assault conviction on your record can impact your employment prospects, your ability to travel and more.
There are several types of assault charges, varying in severity. The criminal defence lawyers at Hicks Adams LLP have extensive experience defending against all manner of assault charges, including:
Simple assault: A simple assault charge can result from a variety of actions, such as pushing. It is not necessary that the person was hurt. A threat of violence can be considered an assault even where there has not been any physical contact in some circumstances.
Assault causing bodily harm: If an assault results in a physical harm, such as a black eye or a similar injury, the charge can be upgraded to the more serious charge of assault causing bodily harm.
Aggravated assault: If an assault results in serious injuries, such as a broken arm or leg, or endangers the complainant’s life, the charge can be upgraded to the much more serious charge of aggravated assault.
Assault with a weapon: This charge can result from an assault involving any type of weapon, such as a knife, firearm or even a random object, such as a beer bottle, used as a weapon.
Domestic assault: This is a charge involving a conflict between husband and wife or two other parties in some sort of domestic relationship. For more information, please see our page on Domestic Assault.
Assault Convictions can Result in Serious Penalties
The penalties for assault will vary greatly, depending upon the circumstances. If you are convicted of simple assault, you could be facing up to 5 years in prison. A conviction for aggravated assault could result in up to 14 years in prison.
Having an experienced criminal lawyer involved in your defence will make a significant difference to the outcome of your case. The lawyers at Hicks Adams LLP have successfully defended against assault charges by raising issues such as self-defence and by obtaining discharges so that our clients do not end up with criminal records. As one of the largest and most experienced criminal law firms in Canada, Hicks Adams LLP has extensive resources that we will use to fearlessly defend you against any assault charge you are faced with.