ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON CHARGES
Top Assault with a Weapon Defence Lawyers in Calgary
Charges of assault with a weapon are very serious criminal charges that can result in a period of imprisonment upon conviction. Do not face these charges alone, Peter Hoare and Ryan Claxton have the expertise you need to mount an effective legal defence. Call Calgary Criminal Lawyers now for a free legal consultation, we are here to help.
What is Assault with a weapon?
Assault with a weapon is the application or threatened use of force against another person where a weapon is used as an instrument in respect to the force.
A person can be charged with assault with a weapon under a variety of different circumstances. Pointing a firearm, brandishing a knife or hitting someone with an object may all be considered assault with a weapon. Even throwing something at a wall & having it bounce off and strike someone can be grounds for an assault with a weapon charge.
Bail Conditions for Assault with a weapon
Assaults involving weapons are more serious than a simple assault. Thus depending on your previous criminal history and the severity of the allegations against you, the Crown may ask that you be remanded until trial. Bail will especially difficult to obtain to obtain if it is alleged you were acting on behalf of organized crime or using a restricted weapon (firearm, crossbow).
If you are granted bail, you will not be allowed contact with the alleged victim. Other conditions may include abstinence from drugs and alcohol and/or a weapons ban if those were factors in your crime.
How we defend your Assault with a weapon case
There are many defences that Peter and Ryan can mount in your assault with a weapons case:
- Was the object a weapon;
- Was there an actual application of force?
- Are there independent witnesses that we can interview?
- Cross examination of the credibility of the complainant. If you are convicted of assault with a weapon, we will work to avoid or reduce your jail time and ensure that your freedom and reputation are affected as minimally as possible.
What is the Penalty for Assault with a Weapon?
This offence is considered a serious crime with potentially serious consequences. The maximum sentence for assault with a weapon is ten years in prison. Other penalties include:
- A prohibition on owning any weapons;
- A judicial Order that you submit your DNA to the DNA databank.
Typically the Crown will assign a prosecutor to a charge of assault with a weapon. It is therefore crucial to retain skilled and experienced counsel as soon as possible when facing these charges.