Assault Causing Bodily Harm

What is the difference between an assault, an assault with a weapon, an assault causing bodily harm and an aggravated assault?

The difference between an assault and an assault with a weapon is the vehicle used to deliver the force. Typically an assault, or "simple assault", is caused by the unwanted application of force from the hands, legs or feet (kicking, punching, etc.) As assault with a weapon involves the application of force with in inanimate (bat, knife, stick, etc.) object. When speaking about the difference between assault, assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault, it is the harm suffered as a result of the application of force. To be considered an assault causing bodily harm, there must be an injury which lasts more than a short period of time, but will likely heal without lasting consequences.  Severe bruising and minor broken bones could be examples. In order for an assault to meet the definition of an aggravated assault, the injury must be much more substantial. Any sort of injury that wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of another meets the definition of an aggravated assault. The degree of harm cause by an assault will dictate the type of sentence imposed if convicted.

Sexual Assault

I have been charged with a sexual offence. What should I do?

Sexual charges are serious offences with the potential for serious jail time. Further, you could end up on the Sexual Offender Registry. Explain your case to Mike so he can give an honest opinion about your legal options. Mike has over 20 years experience dealing with serious criminal charges. Let him use his knowledge to assist you.

Assault With a Weapon

I didn’t have a weapon!

A person can be charged with assault with a weapon if they threatened to use a weapon, but did not have one at the time.

What can I do to fight this charge?

Every case is different so it is strongly recommended to give Mike a call. Upon hearing the details of your case, he will be able to further determine the best way he can help you.

What is the difference between an assault, an assault with a weapon, an assault causing bodily harm and an aggravated assault?

The difference between an assault and an assault with a weapon is the vehicle used to deliver the force. Typically an assault, or "simple assault", is caused by the unwanted application of force from the hands, legs or feet (kicking, punching, etc.) As assault with a weapon involves the application of force with in inanimate (bat, knife, stick, etc.) object. When speaking about the difference between assault, assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault, it is the harm suffered as a result of the application of force. To be considered an assault causing bodily harm, there must be an injury which lasts more than a short period of time, but will likely heal without lasting consequences.  Severe bruising and minor broken bones could be examples. In order for an assault to meet the definition of an aggravated assault, the injury must be much more substantial. Any sort of injury that wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of another meets the definition of an aggravated assault. The degree of harm cause by an assault will dictate the type of sentence imposed if convicted.

Assaulting a Peace Officer

I have been charged with an assault. Is this serious?

Any conviction will result in a Criminal Record which can affect future employment and travel opportunities. Assault charges can also lead to jail sentences. It is important to speak with Mike and explain all the facts of your case. If you have been charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer, Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, or Aggravated Assault, you will almost certainly be facing a jail sentence.

What can I do to fight this charge?

Every case is different so it is strongly recommended to give Mike a call. Upon hearing the details of your case, he will be able to further determine the best way he can help you.

Domestic Assault

They made this up! They exaggerated to the Police! It didn’t happen like that! What do I do?

Domestic assault is considered a serious offence in Alberta and Canada. A number of situations have turned deadly. For this reason, the police and prosecutors take these complaints very seriously. That said, many situations are overblown, exaggerated, or just plain made up. Talking to Mike will help you set the record straight.

I’m not allowed back in my house! What can I do?

In some situations, a lawyer can assist you to get back to your home. Once Mike knows the details of your case, he can tell you your options.

I have a bunch of conditions I must follow. Can I get them changed?

Every case is different. In some cases, conditions (like no contact with your spouse) can be dropped. However, make sure you follow your conditions exactly until they are changed in court. If you don’t, you may wind up in jail.

What will happen if I just go plead guilty?

You could get a jail sentence, probation, or a fine so it is strongly advised that you speak with a lawyer first. Any conviction will result in you having a Criminal Record, which can affect future employment and travel opportunities. The Criminal Code also states there will be a condition to have no contact with your spouse.

Aggravated Assault

I have been charged with an assault. Is this serious?

Any conviction will result in a Criminal Record which can affect future employment and travel opportunities. Assault charges can also lead to jail sentences. It is important to speak with Mike and explain all the facts of your case. If you have been charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer, Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, or Aggravated Assault, you will almost certainly be facing a jail sentence.

What can I do to fight this charge?

Every case is different so it is strongly recommended to give Mike a call. Upon hearing the details of your case, he will be able to further determine the best way he can help you.

What is the difference between an assault, an assault with a weapon, an assault causing bodily harm and an aggravated assault?

The difference between an assault and an assault with a weapon is the vehicle used to deliver the force. Typically an assault, or "simple assault", is caused by the unwanted application of force from the hands, legs or feet (kicking, punching, etc.) As assault with a weapon involves the application of force with in inanimate (bat, knife, stick, etc.) object. When speaking about the difference between assault, assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault, it is the harm suffered as a result of the application of force. To be considered an assault causing bodily harm, there must be an injury which lasts more than a short period of time, but will likely heal without lasting consequences.  Severe bruising and minor broken bones could be examples. In order for an assault to meet the definition of an aggravated assault, the injury must be much more substantial. Any sort of injury that wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of another meets the definition of an aggravated assault. The degree of harm cause by an assault will dictate the type of sentence imposed if convicted.