Julie Santarossa, LLB



What Is An Assault?

An assault can be something as simple as pushing or something as serious as stabbing another person.  The legal definition of an assault is the intentional application of force to another person without their consent. 

An assault charge can be qualified by related provisions such as assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.  If you are charged with these offences, you should know that our law allows for several defences including self-defence, consent, mistaken consent and Charter arguments. 

What Should You Expect?

If a complaint of an assault has been made against you, you may be arrested.  If you have been arrested you should expect to be taken to a police station and be processed.  It is important to remember that you are never obligated to give a statement to the police and you should avoid doing so as it may seriously hinder your defence. 

You have a right to a lawyer upon your arrest and you should contact our office as soon as given an opportunity.  Our office will then provide you with the advice and support you need to help you navigate through the legal system.

You should always contact and seek legal advice to fully understand your defences and rights when faced with this serious charge.