Violent Offences

Violent offences, regardless of the type, are some of the most serious offences with which you can be charged. These charges, if proven, can have severe and far-reaching consequences. Some possible penalties can include probation, prison sentences, restraining orders, having to provide a DNA sample for the DNA Data Bank, strict probation rules, and a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life. To help understand the definition of some violent offences we have created a short description of them below.

  • Simple Assault – Use of force, either directly or indirectly, or physical contact with another person, without the use of a weapon, without their consent (assumptions of consent, such as participation in violent sports or getting tattooed, are the exception and not the rule).
  • Assault With a Weapon – An application of force with an object. This object may be a traditional weapon or an imitation of a real weapon, such as a knife or a gun. However, it should be noted that any object used in an assault can/will be considered a weapon.
  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm – The application of force that causes notable injuries.
  • Aggravated Assault – Use of force that wounds, maims, disfigures, or endangers the life of the complainant. It should be noted that this is the most serious of violent crimes bar homicide.
  • Murder – To cause the death of the other person.  However, this is not limited to crimes where the offender intends to kill the victim. Either the intention to cause significant bodily harm, or knowledge that the person’s action is likely to result in serious bodily harm, is enough to be convicted of murder.
    • 1st Degree Murder – A homicide that is both planned and deliberate. Or a homicide during the commission of several other offences in the Criminal Code. 
    • 2nd Degree Murder – A deliberate killing that occurs without planning and does not fall under any of the categories of 1st degree murder.
  • Manslaughter – homicide committed without intent. This can be caused either by means of an unlawful act, criminal negligence, threats or deception, or even willfully frightening the victim (I,e, children and those who are ill).
  • Criminal Negligence Causing Death Charges – A wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons leading to their death.

For all the above offences a Criminal Lawyer can help you mount your legal defence by preparing a strong case to protect your rights. Some strategies include disputing the evidence, the chain of custody, breaches of charter rights, defences regarding mental state, and defences regarding intent.

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