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There are many different kinds of assault under the Canadian Criminal Code, including assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, and several types of sexual assault.

What is considered simple assault?

Generally, assault is where one person does something which is forceful or which threatens force to another person without their consent or permission. There is no requirement for actual physical harm or injury. For example, if you have been seriously threatened with force, or if force has been used against you, the person who committed these acts can still be charged with assault.

Assault applies to violence between spouses and partners. If you believe that you have been assaulted, you should call the police right away.

Visit Canada’s Department of Justice for more information about criminal law and the justice system in Canada, or, view the Criminal Code to see information regarding specific criminal offences.

To erase your criminal record, call toll-free 1-866-362-7143 or learn more at All Cleared. It’s easier than you think.

The penalties for assault vary widely. If you have been charged with assault, or any criminal offence, and need to hire a criminal defence lawyer, contact our preferred experts:

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