Assault

Assault

Many people would be surprised to learn at how broad the definition of assault is in Ontario.  For the police to have grounds to lay a charge of simple assault, you don’t even have to touch another person.  The mere threat of applying force to another person without their permission is enough for the definition of assault to be met.  Under the Criminal Code, an assault is the intentional application (or threat of application) of force to another person without their consent. Therefore, assault does not have to result in physical harm. Related charges include Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Aggravated assault, Sexual assault and Assault Peace Officer.

The firm has successfully handled a variety of assault cases, both simple and complex- from bar fights, to assaulting peace officers, to domestic disputes, to more serious cases involving weapons or bodily harm.  Know that if you have been charged with Assault, you may have a number of defences available to you.  Get informed by reviewing the circumstances and facts surrounding your case with a lawyer.  The consequences of being found guilty of an assault can be detrimental to you and your family.  The hard reality is that the difference between acquiring and avoiding a criminal record can often depend on your choice of counsel, their commitment to your case, and their desire to meet your goals and expectations.  Your reputation, your livelihood and your freedom are all on the line.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with an Assault, contact me to review the case with you. The initial consultation is free.

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