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Alberta & British Columbia Assault Lawyers

At Sprake Song & Konye, we understand that people make mistakes. When you choose us to represent you, we work tirelessly to get you back on track. If you’re facing assault charges, including common assault or domestic assault, we’ll work with you to find the best defense and fight for you in court.


What Constitutes Assault?

The Criminal Code, section 265, defines assault as intentionally applying direct or indirect force on another person without consent. Assault can also include the act of threatening or attempting to apply force, direct or indirect, on another person, even if the act isn’t carried out.

In fact, it often doesn’t matter how hard a victim is touched- even a pinch can constitute assault in certain cases. The critical element in defining assault is the intent to do harm. Every case is different, presenting a variety of defences to assault depending on the circumstances. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced assault attorney represent you.

Accidentally Hitting Someone

Again, the critical element in determining assault is the intention of applying force. This means that hitting someone else while attempting to hit an intended victim may still be assault, since there was intention to harm someone. This is a common circumstance when one person intervenes in a fight and ends up getting injured.

However, there are cases where the harm done to a victim was a true accident. For example, accidentally hitting someone during an epileptic seizure or bumping into someone in a crowded area would not constitute assault, since the offender didn’t intend to harm the victim.

Defences To Assault

As experienced criminal lawyers, Sprake Song & Konye can employ valid defences to assault, including consent, mistaken belief in consent, and self-defence.

Types of Assault

Assault generally falls into two categories: Common Assault and Domestic Assault.

Common Assault may include charges such as assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and uttering threats.

Domestic Assault includes any assault which occurs between two people in a former or current dating relationship, common law, or married relationship. Domestic assault is quite complex and is treated very differently than common assault.

You can learn more about these categories of assault by clicking the links above or by contacting us at our offices.

If you’re facing common assault or domestic assault charges, you need experienced legal representation. The consequences can be serious, but you don’t’ have to face charges alone. Contact Sprake Song & Konye today to find out what defences are available to you and get the help you need.