If you are charged with assault and this is your first or second offence, you may be eligible for a diversion program that will result in the charges against you being withdrawn. These programs will require that you to accept responsibility for your actions and that you complete a program designed for you by [...]
Because every case is different, the best defence to an assault charge will depend heavily on the particular circumstances of the offence. However, the following are some potential defences to the charge of assault: Consent: Consent may be a defence when defending assault charges. The burden is on the Crown Prosecutor to prove beyond [...]
The victim of the assault changed their mind and does not want to press charges. Can they have the charges dropped?
Even if the victim of an assault decides that he or she does not want to press charges or no longer wants to press charges, the Crown Prosecutor may still prosecute the case. Assault is taken very seriously by the police and by our Courts, so while it is preferable for the Crown if [...]
Aggravated assault is a very serious offence that is committed when you wound, maim, disfigure, or endanger the life of someone else. You will have “wounded” someone when you did something that caused their skin to break or bruise. You will have “maimed” someone when you have injured them so that their ability to [...]
What is Assault with a Weapon or Assault Causing Bodily Harm? Section 267 of the Criminal Code makes it an offence to assault another person with a weapon, and to cause bodily harm to another person by assaulting them. For the purposes of this offence, a weapon is anything used to cause death or [...]
What is Assault? A person commits assault when he or she, directly or indirectly, intentionally or recklessly applies force to a person, or threatens to apply force to a person without that person’s consent. A person also commits assault when he or she spits on another person, or if he or she accosts or [...]