What is assault?
Assault is the act of deliberately attacking or threatening to attack another person physically. It ranges from a simple push to serious actions like stabbing. Under the Canadian Criminal Code, section 265 (1), an assault occurs when a person:
- Intentionally applies force to another person without their consent.
- Threatens another, whether through a gesture or an act, and can carry out the threat or gives the other person the impression that they can.
- Obstructs another person while openly displaying a weapon resulting in intimidation.
Penalties for assault in Vancouver
The criminal penalties for assault vary depending on the circumstances of the incident.
Simple assault is the most basic type of assault. With a charge of simple assault, you can serve up to 6 months in prison.
Assault causing bodily harm
When visible injuries occur as a result of an assault, the penalty can range from 18 months to 10 years in prison.
Assault with a weapon
Assaults involving any object that can be used as a weapon carry a maximum charge of 10 years in prison.
Aggravated assault generally results in serious injuries that have the potential to significantly disrupt a person’s life or cause death. Aggravated assault is an indictable offence and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.