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Assault Charges

Have you been charged with assault? You will need to engage an experienced criminal lawyer to respresent you. People charged with an assault offence often legitimately claim that they acted in self defence, or in defence of their property, or in defence of another person. But there is a lot more to raising these defences than just simply declaring that you felt threatened and so acted in the way alleged.

Types of Assault Charges

Assault involves causing physical or mental harm to another, and includes striking, touching, moving or applying force of any kind. There are varying degrees of assault that you could be charged with, depending on the severity of the force used. These include: 

What is Self Defence?

The applicability of any form of self-defence is dependent on the degree of force used during the act which you claim to have been done in self-defence. 

This is one area wherein matters of this nature the law becomes quite complex. If this issue is not resolved in your favour, then your claim of self-defence (no matter how threatened you felt) will fail and you will be convicted. This, as well as other complex issues that arise in assault charges, can only be properly explored by a skilled criminal lawyer.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

In fact, people charged with offences of this type have even greater reason to ensure that their case is handled skillfully than those charged with non-violent offending because the law says that courts should not regard jail as a sentence of last resort if the charge involves violence.

And beyond all of that looms the prospect of being ordered to pay large compensation awards to victims if you are convicted of any offence of violence.  Obviously, this could affect the security of your home and other assets.

For all of these reasons, offences of violence are definitely the sort of matter for which you should seek expert assistance.

Contact us today if you have been charged with assault.