Ottawa Assault Lawyers

The criminal offence of assault occurs where one person intentionally applies force, or the threat of force, to another person without consent. The severity of the criminal charge is largely determined by other factors, such as whether the victim suffered any injuries and whether a weapon was used during the commission of the offence.

All assault charges are serious criminal offences. If you have been charged with a domestic assault, you should seek help from an experienced criminal lawyer.

Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP can help. Our lawyers understand the legal intricacies of these charges, including the special provisions in the Criminal Code that apply specifically to assault-based offences. In addition, we are aware of the defences available to an assault charge. We will ensure that your legal rights are protected, and we will work to achieve the best possible outcome.



The Criminal Code of Canada defines several different criminal assault offences, including:


This is the most basic of all assault charges. The victim does not experience any long lasting consequences and the crime is committed without a weapon.

Assault with a Weapon

This type of assault is where a weapon is used to apply force or threaten to use force without the victim’s consent. A weapon is any object used to commit the assault, and is not limited to just guns or knives.

Assault causing Bodily Harm

Injuries experienced by the victim are more than very minor or last for more than just a short period of time.

Aggravated Assault

If the injuries experienced by the victim result in disfiguration, maiming, or wounding, or if the victim’s life is endangered, the accused may be charged with aggravated assault.

Assault on a Peace Officer (Police)

To be charged with this type of assault, the defendant must know they are assaulting a police officer. The officer does not have to be in uniform; the defendant must simply be aware they are assaulting an officer of the law.

Assault while Resisting Arrest

This charge arises where a person commits an assault while being lawfully arrested.

It is up to the police to determine what charges to lay, based upon the legal definition of each type of assault. After that, the Crown will examine the circumstances surrounding the assault, the injuries inflicted on the victim, and if a weapon was used, when making its determination about how to proceed with the charges.

In addition to regular assault charges, there are two specific types of assaults that are treated differently and require special attention: sexual assaults and domestic assaults. For more information about these offences, please see the appropriate criminal offences page.

If you are under investigation for any form of criminal assault, or if you have been arrested and charged with an offence, call Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP at 613-235-9779 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.



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We only do criminal law, and we do it well. Each defense and appeal lawyer at AGP will fight for your freedom, your rights, and your reputation. We have fought the toughest cases, from the trial courts to the Supreme Court of Canada. When you retain counsel from AGP you retain experienced, expert, respected counsel.



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Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2
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