Assault Offences | Have you been charged with assault?
Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers regularly appear for clients charged with assault offences. We have offices in Melbourne CBD, Ringwood, Dandenong, Ballarat, Frankston, Geelong and Moorabbin and routinely appear in the Courts representing clients charged with assault.
What is an assault?
An assault occurs where person (A) either, intentionally or recklessly applies force to person (B), or intentionally or recklessly causes person (B) to apprehend that force will be applied. In these circumstances person (A) will be guilty of an assault, unless a defence applies.
An assault can take many different forms. In Victoria alone, there are four main separate and distinct charges that incorporate the word assault. There is “Assault” found at section 31 of the Crimes Act 1958, there is “Common Assault” (also known as unlawful assault) found at section 23 of the Summary Offences Act 1966, there is “Aggravated Assault” found at s24 of the Summary Offences Act 1966 and there is “Common Law Assault” (not legislated other than by reference to the penalty at section 320 of the Crimes Act). There are also charges that have the same elements as an assault but require the extra element of an injury to be made out at law, these offences are covered below.
Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers have handled thousands of cases relating to assault. We understand that the judiciary treats any criminal offence relating to violence very seriously and that preparation is important to achieving the right outcome.
What are the potential charges in relation to assault offences against the person?
Often the police lay a variety of charges including unlawful assault also known as common assault, assault in company, assault with a weapon, recklessly causing injury, recklessly causing serious injury, negligently causing serious injury, intentionally causing injury, intentionally causing serious injury, conduct endangering person, conduct endangering life, affray and riot.
In most cases you will only plead guilty to one or two of these charges, and in some cases none at all. For information on the various types of assault charges, click on the relevant offences listed at the bottom of this page.
There are a number of factors that could potentially mitigate a client’s actions and in some cases remove any criminal culpability at all.
Assault matters often involve multiple parties being charged. In many instances police find it very difficult to prove matters in relation to individual defendants.
The importance of engaging a specialist criminal lawyer to assist with charges involving violence cannot be overstated. Dribbin & Brown are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as criminal law specialists, so you can be assured that when you engage us you are getting the very best representation.
Assault offences sentencing guidelines:
In most circumstances all sentencing options are open for the offence of assault. Every case is different and it all depends on the level of seriousness, whether there is prior history and whether the sentence is one that attracts a mandatory gaol sentence or is considered a standard offence. For more on sentencing options follow the link.
Should I seek legal advice if charged with assault-related matters?
It is imperative that you seek legal advice before attempting to resolve any matter involving an assault.
There are many factors to consider when determining how best to resolve an assault matter. These may include whether weapons were involved, the frequency and duration of the assault/s, the location of the assault/s, the type of victim/s, the nature and extent of the injuries, whether there was provocation and the complicity of the victim.
Competently addressing the above questions is crucial in achieving the correct outcome. This is why it pays to consult an experienced criminal lawyer who deals with these matters regularly.
On the very bottom of this page you will find some examples of real cases we have dealt with involving assault related charges. The right advice and representation can make all the difference in relation to assault offences.
If you have assault charges pending or you are facing a police interview, call our office today and arrange to see one of our specialist criminal lawyers. Phone us today – it wont take you long to understand that Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers are the right firm to represent you.