Assault stands out as one of the most prevalent crimes in Alberta, as per data from Statistics Canada. Assault is defined in the Criminal Code as a non-consensual application of force to another. The charge of assault encompasses a wide range of actions, such as:
Intentionally applying force to another person, directly or indirectly, without their consent.
Attempts or threats made
Openly carried or wore a weapon or an object that appears to be a weapon (imitation of a weapon)
Individuals caught in such circumstances should seek legal counsel promptly to defend their actions and strive to avoid potential penalties, including a criminal record and, in some cases, imprisonment.
If you are in such a situation, it is crucial to consult with assault lawyers in Calgary, Batting, Wyman Barristers is here for you. We can help you defend your actions and avoid penalties, including a criminal record or even imprisonment.
Simple assault is the most frequently encountered assault charge in Canada. It encompasses situations without weapons, and the victim does not sustain bodily harm. Examples of simple assault include fistfights or pushing incidents that may occur in a bar or similar settings.
Section 267 of the Criminal Code also covers the offence of assault with a weapon. This charge applies when an individual carries or threatens to use a weapon, including imitations of weapons, and causes bodily harm to another person. It is important to note that a weapon is not limited to firearms or knives but can encompass various objects, such as bottles or even something as seemingly harmless as a fork.
Section 268 of the Criminal Code defines aggravated assault. This offence occurs when the accused intentionally inflicts wounds, maims, disfigures, or puts the victim’s life at risk. The injuries caused by aggravated assault are typically severe and lasting. As a result, aggravated assault charges are considered the most serious of all assault charges.
Section 271 of the Criminal Code defines sexual assault. This offence occurs when there is an assault of a sexual nature that violates the victim. Sexual assault occurs when the victim does not consent to engage in the sexual act.
Sexual assault with a weapon involving using a weapon to threaten or inflict bodily harm is subject to severe penalties. This offence applies when the accused carries or utilizes a weapon to intimidate or cause physical harm to the victim. It is important to note that the person committing the sexual assault does not necessarily have to be the one in possession of the weapon to be held responsible and found guilty.
Aggravated sexual assault occurs when, during a sexual assault, the accused has caused serious bodily harm, disfigurement, endangerment of life, or permanent injury to the victim. Additional elements of severe physical harm or potential danger to the victim beyond the act of sexual assault itself characterize it.
The Canadian criminal justice system places significant importance on offences committed against public officials. Consequently, assaults against police officers are treated with utmost severity and subject to severe punishment. An assault against a police officer can occur in the following situations:
After the police interview the complainant, several possible actions may take place. If there are any visible physical injuries, the police may take photographs of them. The officer may request the complainant to review and sign a written statement, or they may ask the complainant to come to the police station to provide an audiotaped or videotaped statement.
It is important to note that while the complainant may have initially contacted the police, they are not legally obligated to continue participating in the police investigation.
If you are released while your charge is pending in court, you can anticipate the imposition of certain conditions, which may include:
These conditions aim to maintain a safe and secure environment while your case progresses through the legal system.
While every case is different, the goal remains the same: ensuring the best possible result for our clients.
If you are confronted with charges related to assault, threats, or extortion, we encourage you to contact our experienced criminal law team in Calgary. We possess the expertise and unwavering commitment to advocate for your rights and pursue the most favourable outcome on your behalf.
Batting, Wyman Barristers provides experienced legal defence counsel in Calgary and surrounding areas, including Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, Didsbury, Turner Valley, Strathmore and Canmore.
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