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The Types of Assault Charges in Canada

No matter who you are or where in Canada you are from, an assault charge is a serious offence with equally serious consequences. Read on below to find out more about assault charges and their types:

Assault in Canada

Assault can happen to anyone, even peace officers including the police. By definition, assault is when someone threatens, causes bodily harm, or injures another individual with force or any form of weapon. There are many types of assault charges in Canada, namely;

  • Assault under s. 266
    • Referred to as common or simple assault, this does not involve bodily harm nor the use of a weapon.
  • Assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm under s. 267
    • This type of assault involves any object that can be used as a weapon against the victim and has the capacity to hurt the victim physically even if it was only a threat. The injury may also not be serious as long as it physically hurt the victim.
  • Aggravated assault under s. 268
    • Any form of assault that wounds, maims, disfigures, or endangers a victim’s life is classified under aggravated assault. This is a very serious type of assault and may involve any weapon and injury short of death.
  • Assault Against a Public Transit Operator under s. 269.01
    • An assault that harms a person who operates a public vehicle is classified under this such as school bus drivers. This is considered an aggravating circumstance.
  • Assaulting a peace officer under s. 270
    • Any threats or bodily harm directed to police or other peace officers is classified under this type of assault.
  • Assaulting a peace officer with a weapon or causing bodily harm under s. 270.01
    • Using any weapon, makeshift or otherwise when hurting a peace officer is under this classification.
  • Aggravated assault of a peace officer under s. 270.02
    • Hurting a peace officer seriously and causing any injury short of death.

Note that a peace officer may include a pilot, a boat captain, or a mayor, and not just limited to police officers. If you’re causing disruption in a public place and whoever is in charge of that place tries to calm you down, retaliating or directing harm to such persons will be charged as assault too.

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