There are different classifications of assault depending on the circumstances and the harm that was caused. The different types of assault are:

  • Common Assault
  • Serious Assault
  • Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm
  • Grievous Bodily Harm

Often there are defences open to people charged with assault offences, these can be relevant in situations such as:

  • You were acting in self-defence or defence of another
  • You were provoked
  • There was consent to enter into a fight

Whether any of these defences is available will depend on the specific circumstances of the offence you have been charged with. If one of these does apply, you may be found not guilty of the offence. It is extremely important that you obtain legal advice so you are aware of any defences that might apply.