Assault and Sex Crimes In Edmonton
The crimes of assault and the sex crimes and theft, robbery and weapons offenses all fall more or less under the category of using violence, or threats of violence, against other people. If you are facing any of these charges, you need to get a lawyer on your side.
There are many varieties of assault, including aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer, spousal assault, sexual assault and assault with a weapon.
In common is the use (or threat of use) of force upon another human being, which activities are sanctioned by virtue of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Some assaults are considered more serious, or at least special, because of the nature of the victim. Spousal assault and assault upon a police officer are examples.
Assaults can be dealt with via a whole range of sentencing options. Most varieties of assault can be either summary or indictable offenses and of course can vary enormously in the extent of violence involved on a case by case basis.
Jail time, fines, probation, conditional sentences – the full range of sanctions gets used as appropriate in assault sentencing situations. The most serious assaults, where death or serious bodily injury results, or where weapons are used, can result in extremely long jail terms.
Assault convictions really impact a person’s reputation and life. Employment and travel restrictions, to name a few, are common.
Section 265 of the Criminal Code defines assault as follows:
265. (1) A person commits an assault when
(a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;
(b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or
(c) while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.
(2) This section applies to all forms of assault, including sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm and aggravated sexual assault.
Sexual assaults and internet sex crimes, especially child pornography, introduce further complexities to the infliction of force upon another. Sexual assault is a very serious offense and frequently has lasting effects upon the victim.
The advent of the internet has augmented the opportunities for people to share and spread obscene and illegal material and has introduced new challenges to the criminal justice system as offenses now span time, space and jurisdictions with the click of a mouse.
As weapons become more varied and deadly (drones, for just one example) the criminal law tries to keep pace. Over 70 pages of the Criminal Code are now dedicated to “Firearms and Other Weapons” and the number and variety of weapons prohibited, restricted or otherwise legislated will no doubt continue to increase as time goes by. It is now possible for a person to “print” their own hand gun on a home 3d printer.
The use of force to obtain property – called “robbery” – is still a function of human weakness and is likely to be around for years to come, whether in rich society or poor.
Through all the growth in law, an accused is still considered innocent until proven guilty and given certain legal rights. To protect these rights and ensure a level of fairness, the accused is well advised to hire a lawyer.
Geoff Green is one such lawyer. Geoff has been helping accused people protect their rights and confront the criminal justice system for over 20 years.
Not every charge results in a conviction. Call Geoff Green today – he can help you.
If you have been charged with any of the assault charges, or any sex crimes or any weapons offenses, call Geoff and get an advocate on your side.
- ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC ASSAULT
- SEXUAL ASSAULT/ RAPE
- INTERNET SEX CRIMES
- CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
- WEAPONS OFFENSES
- ROBBERY CHARGES
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