What is Assault?

The definition of assault is found in the Criminal Code in section 265. Generally, an assault occurs when a person intentionally applies direct or indirect force to another person without the other person’s consent.

An assault can also occur where a person attempts or threatens to intentionally apply direct or indirect force to another.

A person can also be convicted of assault if they accost or impede another person or begs while openly wearing or carrying a real or imitation weapon.

What are the Defences of an Assault Charge?

  • Reflex Action
  • Consent
  • Defense of Person
  • Corrective Force
  • Defense of Property

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