Aggravated Assault Lawyer Regina
Aggravated assault is the most severe type of assault someone can be charged with under Canadian criminal law. Aggravated assault is defined by the degree of harm that is inflicted on the alleged victim:
1. "Wounding": any injury in which the victim's skin is punctured may be considered a wounding. These injuries can range from small cuts too deep gashes or bullet wounds that require medical attention. The more serious the injury on the victim, the higher the penalty. Medical evidence may be need by The Crown to establish the extent of the wounds.
2. "Maiming": any injury that would hypothetically render the victim unable to fight. For example, an injury that debilitates the victim's physical functions. This includes cuts or stabs that damage muscle or tendon; strikes that break or fractured bones. Any damage to the nervous system (including brain damage) loss of toes, fingers, or any limbs. Medical evidence is usually required in these cases.
3. "Disfiguring": any injury that causes a person to appear differently than before. The damage does not need to be permanent before an accused can be found guilty of disfiguring someone. Permanent disfigurement can increase the sentence. Scars caused by cuts, bullet wounds, or damage or loss of any body parts often qualify as "disfiguring."
4. "Endangering of Life": any assault or attacks that endanger life, including severe stabbings and gunshot wounds. The opinion of an experienced medical expert and medical evidence is usually needed from the Crown to prove that the victim's life was endangered.
The possible consequences of a conviction for aggravated assault are severe. Those found guilty of aggravated assault may receive:
-Up to 14 years in jail
-Up to 3 years of probation
-A lifetime ban from possessing any weapons
-An order to give a D.N.A. sample to the Canadian D.N.A. databank
Aggravated Assault charges are so severe that a conviction is not eligible for a discharge or a conditional sentence order (house arrest). The Crown will typically seek a long term for such convictions, so it is essential to have A.R.E. Law defend you.