Oshawa Lawyers Defend Assault Causing Bodily Harm & Assault With A Weapon
In the Criminal Code of Canada, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon are both more serious offences than simple assault. Depending on the nature of the charge and the specific circumstances, you could be facing up to 10 years in jail. Even if the charge is minor, a conviction for one of these types of assault charges will go on your permanent record and can have lasting implications: you could lose your job, and face difficulties finding a new job.
If a weapon is used in the commission of an assault the penalties can be even more serious. The weapon does not actually need to be used in the assault for a charge to be filed against you. The charge can be laid against anyone who “carries, uses or threatens to use a weapon” according to the Criminal Code. Almost anything can be considered a weapon. Most people think weapons are limited to guns and knives, but people have been charged with this offence for threatening and striking other persons with bottles, snowballs or even food. It is not the object itself that is important, but the intention for which it is used. Even an imitation weapon, such as a toy gun, can be considered a weapon. Having a weapon openly on your person while taking part in an assault can be grounds for a more serious charge to be laid against you.
Skilled Defence Against Aggravated Assault Charges
Aggravated assault is a more serious charge than simple assault and carries with it far more serious consequences. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, an aggravated assault occurs if the accused “wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life” of another person. The maximum jail sentence for aggravated assault is 14 years. If you have been charged with aggravated assault, it should not be taken lightly because the potential consequences can significantly impact your life.
At Affleck & Barrison LLP, our lawyers have experience successfully defending charges of aggravated assault. In certain situations, it may be possible to have the charges reduced. When you contact one of our lawyers, we will take the time to understand the particular circumstances of your case and work to achieve the best possible result. We are not afraid to fight for your rights and protect your interests.
Experienced Defence Counsel Serving Pickering, Ajax and Whitby
The lawyers at Affleck & Barrison LLP are extremely knowledgeable and are experienced at fighting a wide range of assault offences. Call us at 905-404-1947 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our office is located across the street from the Durham Consolidated Courthouse. We also offer 24-hour phone service for your convenience, and a variety of payment options, including Legal Aid. Whatever the nature of your offence, we can help.