Common Assault – Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, Maliciously Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm; Recklessly Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm, Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault, Assault Police, Murder.
Assault occurs where a person intentionally or recklessly causes another person to fear immediate violence, which may or may not involve the use of force. Force can include hitting, punching, striking, kicking, pushing, poking, touching or indeed any application of force – it does not matter whether it is soft or hard or whether injury occurs.
There are different categories of assault – some of those reflect the degree of injury and aggravation – such as Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, Malicious Wounding, Maliciously or Recklessly Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm. Others reflect the nature of the assault such as Sexual Assault and Indecent Assault. There are also offences where a person is assaulted during the course of their occupation – such as Assault Police.
Assault is known at law as an indictable offence that can be dealt with summarily. This means that for a typical assault matter it can be disposed of in the Local Court . Some of the more serious forms of assault however are dealt with in the District Court upon indictment.
Our criminal lawyers will give you specialist legal advice as to how your matter is likely to be dealt with, including potential penalties, likely penalties, advise you of your anticipated costs etc.
We can also provide you with accurate advice of the defences to assault – including Self Defence (which includes defending another person or property); Duress; and Necessity. You might not be guilty of an assault for other reasons, including that your actions did not amount to an assault, or the actions were accidental but not reckless – such as bumping into someone in a crowded street.
The penalties for assault upon conviction include monetary fines and potentially imprisonment.