The Criminal Code of Canada defines assault as any intentional use of force against someone without their permission. This includes everything from pushing another person in anger, to hitting or punching them, scratching or spitting at them, pulling their hair, and even injuring them with an object. Simple assault is the least serious type of assault charge but it’s still a criminal offence.
If you’re charged with assault, it’s important to seek legal advice right away. A conviction for assault will have a major impact on your life. It could result in both jail time and a criminal record. A criminal lawyer can review the evidence against you and advise you on your best options for defending yourself against the charge. They may be able to argue that you were acting in self-defence or that the other person was the aggressor.
Simple assault: Assault can be committed in many ways, including pushing someone. Although there must have been some physical contact for it to qualify as an assault charge. Simply threatening violence could also count towards this crime if done purposefully and maliciously enough without any other examples of harm coming from your actions.
Assault causing bodily harm: When an assault results in physical harm, such as a black eye or a similar injury to the complainant’s face, the charge can be upgraded to the more serious charge of assault causing bodily harm.
Assault with a weapon: The charge can result from an assault involving a weapon such as a knife, firearm or even a random object such as a beer bottle or towel.
Aggravated assault: A simple assault can turn into aggravated assault if it results in serious injuries, such as a broken arm or leg, or endangers the complainant’s life.
Domestic assault:The charge involves a conflict between two parties in a domestic relationship.
The criminal defence lawyers at LZZ have extensive experience successfully defending against all types of assaults. If you or someone you know has been charged with assault you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately to help determine the best defence. Call us at (416) 613-0416 or (416) 595-9500 or contact us online for a free consultation.