If you are accused of common assault, the police will have to prove that you have unlawfully used force against another person.

This can include anything from pushing past someone to punching and kicking them. The offence can either be committed deliberately or recklessly (which means you were careless about your actions, and there was a risk of you hitting them even by accident.) Common assaults don’t leave the alleged victim with any injuries more serious than bruises or grazing. If the assault caused more serious injuries than this, it will usually be charged as a s.47 assault (actual bodily harm)

Common assault can only be heard in the Magistrates Court or Youth Court. The offence can be so serious that if you are convicted you could be sent to prison.

If you or someone you know has been involved in this offence contact us now, so we can analyse your case and provide the best possible solution.