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Assaults

An assault is the intentional application of force, directly or indirectly, to another person, without that person's consent.   Even a threat - by act or gesture, to apply force to another person, can constitute an assault.

Assault may be prosecuted by either summary conviction (i.e. less serious) or indictment (i.e. more serious).  In most cases, a simple assault will be prosecuted by summary conviction. If convicted, you may face a fine of up to $2,000, or face up to 6 months of imprisonment, or both. In addition, other penalties may be imposed, such as being placed on probation for up to three years, during which time you may have no contact with the victim and you may be required to receive anger management counseling. 

In cases of domestic violence, you can expect the police and the Crown to prosecute the offence vigorously, regardless of the wishes of the complainant (alleged victim).

Charges such as assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon tend to be vigorously prosecuted in British Columbia and often result in a sentence of incarceration.


What You Should Do

When charged with assault, always talk to a lawyer before engaging in any discussion with the police.  Do not attempt to contact the complainant (alleged victim) without checking to see that there are no restrictions on doing so.  If the Courts or the police have released you with a “no contact” order, you can be charged with a new criminal offence if you make such contact.  As well, by doing so, you may be arrested and denied bail.

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Why Choose Double Diamond Law

Experience – We have experience handling claims involving a wide variety of injuries and, with a Masters in Biomechanics, Greg Diamond has an in depth understanding of the physiology of injuries.  If you are injured in an accident, we will ensure that your rights are protected and you receive all the benefits you deserve.  Our focus is on helping you recover from your injuries and be compensated fully for pain and suffering, costs related to your car, medical care, psychological suffering, lost income and other losses and expenses.   

Services Tailored to You - We take the time to understand all the details of your case and treat you with utmost dignity, respect and empathy during the difficult time after an accident.  We welcome all of your questions.  We will give you valuable, tailored advice to help you preserve evidence, obtain appropriate care, protect your rights and facilitate your recovery.

Fees Only If You Collect - We offer free initial consultations on all personal injury claims. We also offer contingency fee agreements for most cases so that no fee is charged for our services until after your case is resolved and only if you collect an award for damages and compensation.