Common Assault is the least serious form of assault. Threatening to harm or spitting on a person is considered a common assault. Likewise hitting, punching or kicking a person is also a Common Assault where there was no bodily harm or injury to the victim
If you are charged with assault, you will have to go to Court. If convicted by the Court, you will have a criminal record, and you may face imprisonment.
An experienced assault lawyer may be able to persuade the Courts not to record a conviction against you and have the matter dealt with by way of a “section 10” or a no-conviction Conditional Release Order.
ABH – Actual Bodily Harm
Actual bodily harm is a temporary or permanent physical or psychiatric injury inflicted by one person on another. If you are charged with ABH the penalties can be harsh.
A conviction for Actual Bodily Harm can result in 5 years imprisonment, for assault resulting in wounding a penalty of up to 7 years imprisonment is possible and if the offence is carried out in the company of another person, up to 10 years imprisonment may apply.
GBH – Grievous Bodily Harm
Grievous bodily harm occurs where the accused has maliciously inflicted a very serious injury on someone. These offences occur when serious injury is occasioned and often involves the use of a weapon. GBH offences are not confined to intentional acts but also encompass “reckless” acts.
These offences are far more serious than Common Assault or ABH and will generally result in a custodial sentence on conviction. Standard non-parole periods apply.
Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent
This class of offence is the most serious of assaults sitting just below an attempt murder charge and carries severe penalties. This assault is committed with a clear intention of causing a really serious injury.
If convicted of Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding with Intent penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment are not uncommon.
Assaulting or harassing police when they are in the execution of their duty, even if in self-defence, is viewed very seriously by the Courts.
Quite often the slightest contact with a police officer in the execution of their duty will result in you getting charged for assaulting police. You may have been wrongly charged with assaulting police, particularly in a situation where you have been injured or assaulted by a police officer.
We can build a strong defence for you if you feel you have been wrongly charged with this offence.
We are here to help
Fourtree Lawyers have extensive experience defending clients on the Central Coast facing assault charges in Court. From minor Common Assaults to those resulting in serious injury.
Your lawyer can explain and guide you through the entire Court process and work with you to minimise the legal ramifications of your offence.
If a Section 10 or a no-conviction Conditional Release Order is not appropriate, our assault lawyers can help reduce any penalties, minimise any fines you may face and help you avoid or minimise a gaol term.
Contact our Central Coast Lawyers on 1300 529 444 as soon as possible. The earlier we can start building the strongest case possible, the higher your chance of getting the best outcome.
If you wish to plead “guilty” we will explain the reasons for the offence including any exceptional circumstances particular to your case to enable the court to take everything into consideration when making a determination.
Possible defences for Assault may include:
- Duress – where the victim threatened to harm you, your family
- Self-defence – you were defending or protecting yourself
- Provocation – you were provoked by the victim
- Necessity – where you or someone else was in imminent peril
- Lawful correction – correcting or punishing a child
To see if any of these defences apply call our Assault Offence Specialists on 1300 529 444 or a free case assessment.
In NSW the following penalties can be imposed by the Court for Assault Offences
- Section 10 (1)(a)
- Section 10 (1)(c)
- Conditional Release Order - without conviction
- Section 10A
- Conditional Release order - with conviction
- Community Correction Order
- Intensive Correction Order
- Up to 25 year’s imprisonment
To find out which likely penalties apply call our Assault Offence Specialists on 1300 529 444 or a free case assessment.
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No conviction CRO | 2 x Common Assault (DV) | Wyong Local Court |
Our client is a 37-year-old female who lives on the Central Coast with her husband and 3 children. She works part-time and supports her husband who suffers from chronic back pain and is unable to work.
Our client had been in the middle of cooking a meal for her family when a relative entered her home and confronted her about a longstanding issue. A disagreement took place and a physical exchange ensued. Our client was charged with 2 counts of Common Assault. Each offence carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a $5,500. A conviction for an assault-related offence would have seen our client’s ability to work in aged care and be involved in her children’s school in jeopardy. Solicitor Denise McCarthy made submissions to the Magistrate as to our client’s sincere remorse, her previous good character, unblemished record and contribution to the community.
The Magistrate found our client guilty of the offence however without proceeding to conviction ordered him to enter into a Conditional Release Order with a 12-month good behaviour bond. This is similar to a Section 10(1)(b) under the new sentencing reforms. Our client was extremely relieved to be able to maintain her clean criminal record and to finally put this unfortunate incident behind them.
Case Dismissed | Affray, 2 x Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm T2 | Gosford Local Court
Our client, a 24-year-old male who lives on the Central Coast with his partner, was charged with affray and 2 counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm T2. The maximum penalties for these offences are 10 years imprisonment and 5 years imprisonment respectively. Solicitor Kevin Vierboom conducted negotiations with the police to obtain agreed facts in this matter. Mr. Vierboom made extensive submissions to the Court with regard to whether or not the conduct by our client was unlawful in the circumstances of this case. Following consideration of these submissions, the Magistrate formed the view that our client’s conduct was indeed not unlawful in the circumstances. The Magistrate dismissed the matter and our client was free to go. Our client was extremely grateful for the outcome of this case.
Section 32 - Common Assault, Stalk Intimidate - Gosford Local Court - 19/10/2017
Our client was a 42 year old male, the father of a young child who was embroiled in a family law dispute. He had been retired from the Police Force with PSTD after a distinguished career of service to the community. He was charged with common assault and stalk intimidate after a misunderstanding during an arranged parenting handover. He strenuously denied the allegations and after all of the aspects of the case were considered solicitor Kevin Vierboom made a Section 32 Application under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990. After hearing extensive oral and written submissions and consideration of a detailed psychiatric report, Magistrate Brennan allowed the section 32 application and dismissed the charges on the condition that our client enter into treatment under the care of his psychologist.
Charge dismissed | Assault occasioning actual bodily harm | Kempsey Local Court
Our client, a 44-year-old who is a FIFO mine worker in Perth and the Northern Territory, was charged with the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The maximum penalty for this offence is 5 years imprisonment and our client faced the prospect of losing his employment in the mines with a criminal conviction.
Our client entered a "not guilty" plea and Solicitor Kevin Vierboom represented our client in the defended hearing at Kempsey Court. Extensive submissions were made by Mr Vierboom during cross examination with regard to the timing, admissibility and strength of the prosecutions evidence before the Court. The Police Prosecutor vigorously defended their case however after consideration of the submissions, Magistrate Thomas dismissed the charges.
Our client was extremely relieved with the outcome and was able to move on with his life without the burden of a criminal conviction on his record.
Charges Withdrawn | Assault Occasioning ABH and Contravene ADVO | Gosford Local Court
Our client, a 27-year-old male who lives with his wife on the Central Coast. He was initially charged with Breach of AVO, Common Assault and Intentionally Choke. The maximum penalty for Intentionally Choke is imprisonment for 10 years. Our client was on a Student Visa undergoing an application to become a permanent resident and was at risk of being deported.
Solicitor Kevin Vierboom made extensive submissions to the Magistrate who ordered a 12-month Intensive Corrections Order. Our client was very relieved with this outcome. However, eight days after sentencing our client was accused of contacting and assaulting the victim which he strenuously denied. He was subsequently charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and Contravene an ADVO.
Our client was taken into custody and refused bail. The maximum penalty for Assault Occasioning ABH is 5 years imprisonment. At the Courthouse, Solicitor Kevin Vierboom entered into negotiations with the Police Prosecutor and the charges were eventually withdrawn due to lack of evidence.
Our client was extremely relieved. He was immediately released from custody.
Common Assault | Conditional Release Order without Conviction | Gosford Local Court
Our client is a 22-year-old male who lives on the Central Coast. He uses sign language as his main form of communication as he was born profoundly deaf. There were several challenges to overcome in relation to conferences with our client and at Court. An Auslan interpreter was arranged to appear with our client at each Court attendance in order to interpret the Court proceedings
Our client was charged with Common Assault following a dispute with his housemate who is also profoundly deaf.
The maximum penalty for the offence of Common Assault is a fine of $5,500 and/or imprisonment for 2 years.
Our client had never come to the attention of the Police previously and had never appeared before a Court. The thought of this process was very distressing for him and caused him considerable anxiety.
Principal Solicitor Kevin Vierboom made representations to Police to amend the ‘agreed facts’. Kevin attended Gosford Local Court for the sentencing and made submissions in mitigation of the penalty. Our client was found guilty, but without proceeding to conviction, and sentenced to a Conditional Release Order for 12 months.
Our client and his parents were overjoyed with the outcome and the fact that a conviction was not recorded against him. He is exceedingly happy that he can now put this experience behind him and move on with his life and career.
Charge dismissed | Common Assault T2 | Gosford Local Court
Our client is a 48-year-old male who lives on the Central Coast. He is employed as a cleaner and has 3 daughters. He had been in a 9-month relationship with a new partner (the alleged victim) up to the date of the alleged incident. Our client was charged with Common Assault under s61 of the Crimes Act 1900, an offence carrying a penalty of up to 2 years imprisonment and a $5,500 fine.
On the day in question our client picked up the alleged victim upon her return from Sydney. After driving her home, an altercation took place where an allegation of domestic violence (common assault) was made by the alleged victim. The alleged victim attended Gosford Police Station 6 days later.
Our client instructed us that he had not touched the alleged victim. The matter was set down for hearing at Gosford Local Court on the 4th October 2018. Our solicitor Kevin Vierboom made submissions to the Magistrate that there was insufficient evidence to find a conviction for common assault. The Magistrate found that there was insufficient evidence to prove the prosecution’s case beyond reasonable doubt, resulting in the charges against our client being dismissed.
Section 10(1)(b) | Common Assault DV | Wyong Local Court
Our client was a 35-year-old father. He was charged with an assault on his child. This was not a premeditated act and he was overwhelmed with guilt and remorse. A criminal conviction would have seen him lose his job and ability to provide for his family.
Our solicitor negotiated with the Police to downgrade the charges and initiated participation in counselling and parenting education for the accused. Our client was found guilty without proceeding to a conviction and has retained his previously unblemished record. He was extremely happy with the outcome.
Charges Dismissed | Common Assault (dv) T2 | Gosford Local Court
Our client was a 39 year old business owner who lives with his wife and two children. He was charged with a domestic violence related common assault to which he pleaded "not guilty".
Solicitor Kevin Vierboom prepared the case for hearing. The Police Prosecutors were unable to produce the crucial witness in the matter and were seeking an adjournment to allow the matter to be heard at a later date. Mr Vierboom strenuously opposed an adjournment or any further court delays, the Magistrate agreed, and the charges were dismissed.
Our client was extremely relieved that his life could return to normal and that he did not have a criminal conviction on his record.
Section 10(1)(b) | Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Destroy Damage Property | Gosford District Court
Our client, a 35-year-old female who lives in Sydney was charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Destroy or Damage to Property. The maximum penalty for this offence is 5 years imprisonment. Our client is a highly regarded health professional. She was previously a person of good character and was very remorseful for her actions. She was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety at the time and a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder was made after the incident.
At first instance, the Local Court Magistrate convicted our client and imposed a Section 9 good behaviour bond. A decision was made to appeal the severity of the sentence to the District Court as a criminal conviction would have ended her career. Solicitor Kevin Vierboom made extensive submissions to the Judge on appeal who, after some persuasion dismissed the charges and ordered a 2-year period of good behaviour under section 10(1)(b).
Our client was extremely relieved at the outcome of her case.
Charges Dismissed, Costs Order Made against the Police | Common Assault | Gosford Local Court
Our client was a 27-year-old male charged with a domestic violence-related common assault. Solicitor Kevin Vierboom prepared the case following a plea of "not guilty".
After a hearing which spanned three separate court appearances, the Magistrate ruled that the prosecution witnesses were unreliable and the charges were dismissed.
An order for costs was granted by the court in relation to a vacated court date.