Offences of Violence/Threatening
There is a great range of violent or threatening type offences including simple assault, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault and uttering threats. Luckily, there are also a wide range of defences for these types of charges including self-defence, consent and identification. Skilled cross-examination of Crown witnesses can raise issues of reliability and credibility which can lead to an acquittal of all charges. Where the Crown has a strong case, it is also important to consider the possibility of pleading guilty to lesser charges such as simple assault rather than assault causing bodily harm or aggravated assault. A successfully negotiated plea bargain in the right circumstances can result in far better outcomes including not ending up with a criminal record.