Common Assault

Common assault is at the lower end of the scale of ‘offences against the person’, however this is still a serious offence which can carry a prison 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 be charged and convicted of assault. For instance, if you were attempting to throw a beer bottle someone’s head, but you miss, your intent in those circumstances was to cause injury with the bottle.

If you are being questioned currently in a police station, you have the right to free legal advice from a solicitor of your choice, regardless of you financial circumstances. Have an experienced solicitor represent you early on in the process will only help, so call us now on our 24 Hour Criminal Defence Line, 07956 352945.

Why Choose Ashmans Solicitors?

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. By putting together a defence, looking 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.

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.


If you are facing a criminal charge, it is important that you get legal advice and representation as soon as possible. 

Please call us now for help on 03330 096 275 or on our 24 Hour Criminal Defence Line, 07956 352945 and we'll be happy to offer you the advice you need.

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  • Whether you are facing a serious or general criminal offence does not matter, we have experience in all areas of criminal law
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In June 2009 I was involved in a Road traffic accident in which I suffered soft tissue injuries to my neck and back. I was referred to Ashmans Solicitors through a friend. They vigorously pursued my case and I was awarded compensation for my injury. I was so satisfied with the service that I when I was involved in a further accident I did not hesitate to contact them again. Since then I have referred other members of my family and friends to Ashmans Solicitors. They are at all times friendly and make the claims process very easy.
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