If you have been charged with assault it is important to get the right legal advice.

An assault can include a variety of different physical contact, such as punching, kicking or slapping. The law even recognises an assault where physical contact has not taken place. Technically, the law recognises an assault occurs were person fears the immediate apprehension of violence. The act of making someone afraid of physical contact, is itself enough to constitute an assault at law.

It is important to get the right legal advice in your matter. There can often be a number of defences to a charge of assault.

A common defence that is raised is self defence. A person is not criminally liable for assault when that person has undertaken the physical action in an attempt to defend themselves, their property, or another person. To successfully raise self defence the court needs to consider the threat as perceived by the person defending themselves. The court also needs to take into account whether or not the action in self defence was a reasonable response to the circumstances perceived by the defendant.

There are different categories of assault depending on whether injuries were caused to the victim. If there were no injuries, then often the police will lay a charge of Common Assault. If minor injuries are sustained, then a person may be charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. An offence of Recklessly causing Grievous Bodily Harm is often prosecuted in cases involving very serious injuries.

The lawyers at Bye Law are solicitors and barristers. We offer the services of expert criminal defence lawyers who can fight to get the best result in your case.

Bye Law regularly appears in all criminal jurisdictions, from the Supreme Court, District Court and Local Court. We regularly appear in all court registries including Sydney and the Downing Centre, Sutherland, Liverpool, Bankstown, Wollongong, Port Kembla, Albion Park, Kiama and Nowra.

We take the time to advise you of your rights and take the stress out of your court case. You don’t have to face criminal charges alone.

Don’t risk your future. Our experienced criminal lawyers can provide you with the help you need to get the best possible result in your criminal case.

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