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Charge of assault: our lawyers can help

Assault is a serious offence that can have numerous consequences for both parties involved. Are you the victim, or the accused, of domestic violence, threats, sexual harassment or assault? Contact Criminal Lawyer, Martine Thibodeau today. Experienced in dealing with stressful, difficult situations, Martine Thibodeau combines expertise and compassion in order to minimize repercussions and best adapt to your situation. Caring and committed, Ms. Thibodeau accompanies you through every step of the legal process. Available 24/7 should you be arrested, you can be certain you’ll be well served at all times and have someone who understands your needs.

How does the law define assault?

The general definition of assault is given in article 265 of the Criminal Code.

265. (1) Whoever attacks in the following manner commits an assault:

  • intentionally uses direct or indirect force against a person who has not given their consent;
  • taunts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to use force against another person, if they are able to, or even just if they are able to convince said person that they can carry out the threat;
  • visibly carries a weapon or imitation and approaches, disturbs or begs another person.

Types of assaults and applicable sentences

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Assault with a weapon causing bodily harm

Everyone who, in committing an assault, carries, uses or threatens to use a weapon or an imitation thereof, or causes bodily harm to the complainant, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.

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Aggravated assault

This is a more serious type of assault, usually resulting in serious, potentially lifelong crippling injuries, or a real danger of death for the victim. Aggravated assault is always treated as an indictable offence, with a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

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Sentences for assault charges

Sentences pertaining to various types of assault charges are multiple and diverse. Circumstances, facts and type of assault will all come into play when it’s time to judge. An experienced attorney who knows how to evaluate criminal cases will be invaluable to your situation. Contact criminal attorney Martine Thibodeau and your case will be in great hands.

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