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Assault Is a Complicated Criminal Charge

The modern definition of assault, which is the threatened touch of another with the intent to harm, has been expanded over the years to include much more than just the threat of violence. Today, assault encompasses both direct and indirect threat of immediate harm to another person without his consent. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, as long as the victim believes he’s in danger, there is a potential for an assault charge. Throwing a missed punch, lunging, and shaking a fist are all examples of assault. In some cases, even a mere verbal threat is enough to trigger an assault charge.

Because assault can occur without any physical injuries, many cases turn on whether the Crown can prove that the victim felt threatened. Without an experienced and skilled lawyer to defend your case, you could end up wrongfully convicted. The lawyers at Hobson & Reeve, Barristers will provide you with an exceptional defence and give you the best chance to put the issue behind you so you can get on with your life.

You Have the Right to Defend Yourself in a Conflict

When serious conflicts between two people arise, tempers flare and emotions escalate. It rarely happens that one person is solely responsible for an argument getting out of hand. Self-defence is one of the most common ways to defend an assault charge. The law permits individuals to use a reasonable amount of force to defend themselves from harm. You also have a right to protect your property. The criminal defence lawyers at Hobson & Reeve can help you build a compelling self-defence case that clears your name and restores your reputation.

The Crown Must Prove Every Element of Assault

The prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Assault must be non-consensual, and it must be intentional. If even one element is missing, the assault charge cannot stand. If you participated in a planned fight where the other person wasn’t seriously injured, you can show that the alleged victim gave implied or explicit consent. Likewise, accidentally bumping into someone in a crowded bar does not constitute assault. If you have been wrongfully accused of assault, Hobson & Reeve is ready to put their decades of experience to work for you.

Hobson & Reeve, Barristers ̶ Experienced Ontario Assault Defence Lawyers

The legal team of Hobson & Reeve, Barristers has over 60 years of collective criminal law experience. Our lawyers have worked hard to establish themselves as formidable litigators in court as well as efficient negotiators on matters such as plea bargains. Both David Hobson and Dennis Reeve have served as Crown Prosecutors; this experience gives them invaluable insight into each case’s unique strengths and weaknesses and helps them choose the best strategies for protecting their clients. They are dedicated to impeccable preparation, fierce yet professional advocacy, and providing the best possible defence for each client. Hobson & Reeve look forward to bringing their decades of legal experience to your case, protecting your rights, and providing the advice and representation you need. If you’ve been charged with assault, call them at 866.619.9646 for a free initial consultation.

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