Have you been charged with assault in the state of Queensland, New South Wales or Tasmania? It's important to seek legal advice from an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Brooke Winter Solicitors have a team of expert criminal lawyers who can help you.
Types of Assault Charges:
In Australia, it is an offence to assault another person. There are different types of assaults and the type of assault charge usually depends on the injuries that the victim receives. The types of assault include:
Common assault is the lowest category of assault and involves any person who strikes, touches, moves or applies force to another, or threatens to apply force. The injuries sustained are relatively minor though the penalties could include jail depending on the circumstances, as well as probation, Community Service Order and fines.
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Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm
A more serious charge is that of Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, whereby a person strikes, touches, moves or otherwise applies force to another person without their consent, which causes them to suffer an infury or some kind of bodily harm such as bruising, swelling, cuts, scratches or broken bones. Penalties include jail, an Intensive Corrections Order, Probation or Community Service Order.
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Grevious Bodily Harm
Grevious Bodily Harm is the most serious type of assault, and involves one person maiming, disfiguring or permanently disabling another. The injury will be significant enough that it has the potential to endanger the victim's life if left untreated. It could involve burning, scarring, mutilating or crippling another, and can carry a maximum 14 year imprisonment depending on the circumstances.
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Assault or Obstruct Police Office
It is an offence to assault or obstruct a police office. Assault can include striking, touching, moving or applying any kind of force to a police officer, while obstruction includes hindering, resisting or attempting to obstruct an office while they're performing their duties. It can be as simple as making the officer's job more difficult than it otherwise would have been, and can come with hefty fines and jail time.
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What should I do if the police want to speak to me about an assault allegation or if I have been charged with an assault?
You have the right to remain silent. You DO have to provide the police with your name, date of birth and contact details. You should NOT answer any questions, make any statement or participate in any interview with the police. You should be polite to the officer but insist that you want to talk to your lawyer. You have the right to telephone a friend, relative or lawyer.
Call an Expert
If you are charged with any of the above assault offences, it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice. Our team at Brooke Winter Solicitors can give you over the phone advice. We have a solid reputation as expert Criminal Lawyers and can represent you in court.
Call us on 1300 066 669 if you have any questions. We can assist you no matter where you are located and can appear in every court.