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Common assault

Common assault

The maximum penalty for the charge of common assault (Section 61 of the Crimes Act) is 2 years imprisonment.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for an common assault charge.

  • Section 10: common assault proven but dismissed
  • Fine
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Community service order (CSO)
  • Suspended sentence
  • Intensive correction order (previously periodic detention)
  • Home detention
  • Prison sentence

You'll find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.

Likely Penalty

Local Court

Based on our experience and statistics from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales we believe that the penalty in a case that is within the mid range of seriousness for the offence of common assault, if heard in the Local Court, is likely to be a good behavior bond under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 12 months.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a fine of $500.

District Court

If the matter is finalised in the District Court the likely penalty is a good behavior bond with supervision under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 2 years.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a good behavior bond under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 18 months.

Which court will hear your Common assault charge in NSW:

This matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

What is the law part and the short description?

On the police facts sheet and the court attendance notice that you may have received you will have a reference to the law part and a short description of offence. These references help the court and the legal profession to identify the exact offence you have been charged with. The law part and short description for this offence are set out in the table below:

Law Part Short Description
64782 Common assault (DV)-T2
244 Common assault-T2

What the police must prove:

To convict you of a common assault charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • You struck, touched or applied force, or threatened another person with immediate violence.
  • The act was done intentionally or recklessly.
  • Without consent.
  • Without lawful excuse.

They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the common assault offence.

Possible defences for Common assault

Possible defences to an common assault charge include but are not limited to:

  • Duress
  • Necessity
  • Self Defence

Assault occasioning actual bodily harm

The maximum penalty for the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (Section 59 of the Crimes Act) is five years imprisonment.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge.

  • Section 10: assault occasioning actual bodily harm proven but dismissed
  • Fine
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Community service order (CSO)
  • Suspended sentence
  • Intensive correction order (previously periodic detention)
  • Home detention
  • Prison sentence

You'll find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.

Likely Penalty

Local Court

Based on our experience and statistics from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales we believe that the penalty in a case that is within the mid range of seriousness for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, if heard in the Local Court, is likely to be a good behavior bond with supervision under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 18 months.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a good behavior bond under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 12 months.

District Court

If the matter is finalised in the District Court the likely penalty is a suspended sentence with supervision under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a good behavior bond with supervision under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 2 years.

Which court will hear your Assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge in NSW:

This matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made, it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

What is the law part and the short description?

On the police facts sheet and the court attendance notice that you may have received you will have a reference to the law part and a short description of offence. These references help the court and the legal profession to identify the exact offence you have been charged with. The law part and short description for this offence are set out in the table below:

Law Part Short Description
64780 Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV)-T2
243 Assault occasioning actual bodily harm-T2
64781 Assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other(s) (DV)-T2
44550 Assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other(s)-T2

What the police must prove:

To convict you of a assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • There was an assault
  • It caused actual bodily harm

They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the assault occasioning actual bodily harm offence.

Possible defences for Assault occasioning actual bodily harm

Possible defences to an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge include but are not limited to:

  • Duress
  • Necessity
  • Self Defence

Types of penalties:

Section 10 for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge: avoiding a criminal record. Normally, when you plead guilty to a criminal offence, the court imposes a penalty and records a conviction. If the court records a conviction, you will have a criminal record. However, if we can convince the court not to convict you, there will be no penalty of any type and no criminal record. In all criminal cases, the court has the discretion not to convict you, but to give you a Section 10 dismissal instead.

Fines for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge: When deciding the amount of a fine for a assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge the magistrate or judge should consider your financial situation and your ability to pay any fine they set.

Good behaviour bond for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge: This is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is five years.

Community service order for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge. (CSO): This involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by probation and parole or attendance at a centre to undertake a course, such as anger management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the probation service as suitable to undertake the order.

Suspended sentence for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge: This is a jail sentence that is suspended upon you entering into a good behaviour bond. Provided the terms of the good behaviour bond are obeyed the jail sentence will not come into effect. A suspended sentence is only available for sentences of imprisonment of up to two years.

Periodic detention for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge (commonly known as weekend detention): This form of imprisonment ceased to be a sentencing option in October 2010.

Intensive correction order for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge (ICO): This option has replaced periodic detention. The court can order you to comply with a number of conditions, such as attending counselling or treatment, not consuming alcohol, complying with a curfew and performing community service.

Jail for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge: This is the most serious penalty for the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and involves full time detention in a correctional facility.

For more information contact Armstrong Legal:

Level 4 127 York Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 (Opposite the Queen Victoria Building)
Phone: (02) 9261 4555
After Hours: 0404 55 88 33

http://www.armstronglegal.com.

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