Assaults & Violent Offences
An assault-related charge can range from a simple assault, which involves the willful intention to threaten, or attempt to inflict, bodily harm to another person or persons (regardless of whether or not harm was in fact inflicted), to an aggravated assault, whereby the willful act (or deemed recklessness of said act) of assaulting another person or persons resulted in the wounding, maiming, disfiguring, or the endangerment of the life or lives of the assaulted party or parties.
There are many other examples of violent offences, which may or may not involve specific assaultive behavior. Some examples include: uttering threats, sexual assault, incest, robbery, and of course murder.
The penalty for a conviction involving assaultive behavior can range anywhere from a community-based sentence, such as a discharge or suspended sentence, to jail sentences for life in prison depending on the nature of the offense and the facts surrounding said offense, including whether the offense was committed in the scope of a domestic-relationship between the involved parties.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a criminal defence lawyer who is knowledgeable in this area of law.