The legal definition of a common assault is any situation in which you’ve put someone in fear of immediate violence. Even if you’ve simply squared up to someone following a disagreement in the street, it’s possible for assault charges to be brought against you. Altercations such as this, including those where there’s some physical contact but no injuries arise may attract a charge of common assault.
Where injuries such as cuts and bruises have been caused, you’re more likely to be charged with assault resulting in Actual Bodily Harm (ABH). If serious injuries such as broken bones or disfigurement have occurred, you may find yourself being charged with assault resulting in Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).
Being charged with assault can lead to you having a criminal record and even finding yourself facing a custodial sentence. That’s why, if you’ve been charged with assault or believe you’re about to be, it’s essential to speak to an experienced defence solicitor immediately.
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