Defending Yourself Against Aggravated Assault Charges

Written by Jerry Steele


Defending Yourself Against Aggravated Assault Charges

Written by Jerry Steele

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For more than 20 years, Steele Law has successfully guided individuals and business entities through the unique challenges posed by criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as prosecutions in state and federal courts nationwide.
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Aggravated assault charges come with more extreme penalties than simple assault charges—this means it’s critical to have the strongest defence when you’re up against them. If you’re facing aggravated assault charges, it’s in your best interest to consult a BC criminal defence lawyer like Jerry Steele, who has experience dealing with these cases immediately.

What is Aggravated Assault?

Aggravated assault, as defined by the Canadian Criminal Code, entails wounding, maiming, disfiguring, or endangering the life of the complainant. In some cases, the use of a weapon or committing an assault against a vulnerable person (such as an elderly person or child) can also result in aggravated assault charges.

These cases come with severe penalties. In the most extreme cases—if it’s a second offence or intimate partner violence (IPV)—they could mean life in prison if found guilty. In other cases, penalties can include significant fines and lengthy prison sentences of up to 14 years. But whether you’re facing a week in prison or a lifetime, you do not deserve to be convicted if you’re innocent.

Building a Strong Defence Against Aggravated Assault Charges in BC

To fight aggravated assault charges effectively, you need to have a strong defence. Jerry Steele has successfully defended clients against these charges in the past, using various strategies such as:

  • Showing there was no intent to cause serious bodily harm: To be convicted of aggravated assault, the Crown prosecutor must prove you intentionally caused serious injury to the complainant. If there is no evidence of intent, your lawyer might argue for charges to be reduced to simple assault.
  • Demonstrating self-defence: If there is evidence that you acted in self-defence or defence of others during the incident, this can be a defence against aggravated assault charges. Your lawyer will work to gather evidence and present your case in the most favourable light.
  • Proving mistaken identity: In some cases, you may have been falsely accused of committing an aggravated assault. Jerry Steele will thoroughly investigate the evidence and look for inconsistencies or weaknesses that could help prove your innocence.
  • Negotiating a plea deal: In some situations (with strong evidence against you), a good option might be to negotiate an agreement with the Crown counsel. This could involve pleading guilty to a lighter charge to get a reduced sentence. It could also mean accepting alternative measures, such as community service or counselling, instead of a criminal conviction.

Hire a Top Criminal Lawyer in BC

With years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer in BC, Jerry Steele has the knowledge and expertise to help you fight your aggravated assault charge. He will expertly guide you through the complex legal process and build a strong defence on your behalf. Don’t wait to call—your future is on the line. 778-700-0012