Offences Against The Person
Common assault is at the lower end of the scale of ‘offences against the person’ falling under the banner of criminal law, however this is still a serious offence and a common assault charge can carry a maximum prison sentence of six months. The definition of this offence is where someone intentionally or recklessly causes harm or violence to someone else.
In fact even if you have threatened violence but not actually committed it, you could still end up facing a common assault charge and be convicted of assault. For instance, if you were attempting to throw a beer bottle at someone’s head, but you miss, your intent in those circumstances was to cause injury with the bottle.
If you are currently being questioned at a police station regarding a common assault charge, you have the right to free legal advice from a solicitor of your choice, regardless of you financial circumstances. Have an experienced solicitor to represent you early on in the process will only help, so call us on 0330 096 275.
Why Choose Ashmans Solicitors?
If you are facing a common assault charge, we have many years of experience in helping people in the same situation as you and you can be assured that our expert criminal defence team will do all we can to change the outcome of your case. We will put together a defence, look at intent, self-defence and some other points, we could change the face of the charges you are facing.
Whether you are tried in a magistrate’s court or are indicted to appear before a jury in crown court, we can help you through the process, supporting the legal process and helping you to know what to expect at each step of your case.
Obviously you will be concerned about how to pay for legal representation in these circumstances, and as legal aid is means tested now, you may not qualify. However, there are other options that we will discuss with you such as fixed or capped fees, depending on your case or our very competitive hourly rate.