A wide range of penalties can be imposed for assault charges including fines, good behaviour bonds, community service orders and in more extreme cases, imprisonment.
Common assault is an offence that is used when someone allegedly assaults another person but does not cause any lasting injury. The maximum penalty for common assault is two years imprisonment.
It is applicable where it is alleged that one person assaults another but does not cause any lasting injury or scarring. However the penalties can be severe and imprisonment is not out of the question. The offence of common assault is outlined in section 61 of the Crimes Act (NSW). If you are convicted of common assault, the maximum penalty is two years imprisonment.
Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm is when an alleged assault results in an injury which is not permanent. This might include the victim receiving bruising or a cut to the skin. The maximum penalty for assault occasioning actual bodily harm is five years imprisonment.
Reckless Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding
Charges of Reckless Grevious Bodily Harm and Wounding are of a more serious nature and carry maximum penalties of ten years imprisonment for Reckless Grevious Bodily Harm and seven years imprisonment for Reckless Wounding.
It is important to have the best possible legal representation when facing such charges. At Family Focus Legal we will ensure that you are matched with the most suitably qualified and experienced legal representative.