MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU MAY THINK
You should know that you don’t need to inflict physical injury to be charged with assault. An attempt or a threat, and the ability carry out the assault may be enough to have an assault charge brought against you.
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COMMON ASSAULT CHARGES
Common assault offences relate to cases where someone has sustained minor injuries or been threatened and are generally heard in the Magistrates Court. Common assault charges in Western Australia are most often incidents when someone has been shoved, hit or punched.
Other assault offences include assault occasioning bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, serious assault and indecent assault.
AGGRAVATED AND NON-AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Assault offences can be considered aggravated or non-aggravated. Aggravated assault involves aggravating circumstances of causing serious bodily harm, carried out in company, using a weapon, with intent of preventing apprehension, with intent of committing a crime and with intent to recklessly endanger life or cause injury.