There are a wide variety of different types of assault charges, but they are all serious offences under the Canadian Criminal Code. Penalties for assault convictions can include imprisonment for 5 to 14 years, or a maximum of life in prison in the case of aggravated sexual assault. If you have been accused of any type of assault offence, speak to a defence lawyer immediately before making any statements to police.
Assault charges, other than those related to domestic or sexual assault, can result in as many as 14 years in prison and give you a permanent criminal record if you are found guilty.
Domestic assault and sexual assault charges are treated differently from all other types of assault charges, and carry unique sets of responses from law enforcement and the judicial system.
If you have been charged with domestic assault, you may be removed from your place of residence and given a non-contact order, even before a conviction. If you are convicted, those orders may become permanent in addition to any applicable jail time or other penalties.
In addition to potential jail time and other penalties, a sexual assault conviction gives you a permanent criminal record and may require you to register as a sex offender in a government database. This will also require you to regularly provide the police with information about your residence and employment, and you may be required to notify employers and neighbours about your past conviction.
If you have been charged with any type of assault, domestic assault or sexual assault, contact John Struthers immediately at 416.361.9609 to discuss the details of your case.
Note that the information provided here is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.