Canadian Assault Offence;
If you’ve been charged with assault, you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer on your side. At our law firm, we have extensive experience defending clients against assault charges of all kinds, including sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm, and aggravated sexual assault. We understand the serious consequences that an assault charge can have on your life, and we are dedicated to fighting for your rights and freedom. In order to be convicted of assault, the crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you applied force intentionally to another person without their consent, threatened or attempted to apply force, or accosted or impeded another person while carrying a weapon.
Crown must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt;
- Force was applied: The complainant had a legitimate, reasonable belief that the person was trying to harm them.
- The complainant did not consent.
- The accused applied force on purpose: The assaulter intended to harm or create a state of fear in the complainant, and the event did not occur by accident.
A finding of guilt could result in the following penalty;
- By indictment, imprisonment for a maximum of up to five years.