Assault With A Weapon

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Assault charges, including domestic assault, aggravated assault, simple assault, threats, and assault with a weapon, comprise some of the most common criminal charges in Ontario.

If you’re facing any assault-related charge, it’s important to seek legal guidance because the potential consequences of simply pleading guilty or a conviction can be quite severe.

Assault with a weapon is a serious category of assault that poses dire consequences upon the finding of guilt, including lengthy incarceration periods. Let’s look at what the charge entails and the potential penalties.

What is Assault with a Weapon?

Assault is the application of or threats to apply force on an individual without their consent. If the perpetrator uses or attempts to use an object to apply force, it is considered assault with a weapon.

In criminal law, guns, knives, and other common “dangerous” items are not the only weapons. Anything used to apply force or threaten someone, including a book, cup, rock, and more, is treated as a weapon in assault charges.

If you’re charged with assault with a weapon, no matter how trivial the offence may seem, it’s important to consult a skilled criminal defence attorney in Toronto.

Call Zamani Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What is the penalty for assault with a weapon?

Assault with a weapon is a serious criminal offence, and so are the consequences. Depending on the severity of the crime, the defendant’s criminal history and other factors, the offence can be prosecuted as an indictable offence or as a summary offence. As per the provisions of Section 267 of the Criminal Code, the penalties for a successful conviction include:

  • Summary offence – up to 18 months in prison
  • Indictable offence – a maximum of 10 years in jail

Other outcomes include probation, fines, and withdrawal of criminal charges.

When faced with such dire penalties upon the finding of guilt, it’s important to retain an assault lawyer in Toronto to protect your rights and defend you from the accusations. They’ll review your case to identify any weaknesses they can utilize to create a viable defence, such as self-defence, reflex action, corrective force and more.

Reach out to our experienced criminal lawyers today for a free assessment of your case.

Contact Assault with a Weapon Lawyer in Toronto

An experienced assault with a weapon lawyer can help you navigate the intricacies of the criminal justice system and obtain a favourable outcome as per your case. At Zamani Law, we have years of experience representing persons charged with assault with a weapon and related assault charges. We utilize our knowledge and skills to develop strong defence strategies, negotiate for a diversion or obtain favourable plea deals.

Contact our criminal defence lawyers today to schedule an initial consultation.

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