Charged with Assault? 5 Things You Need to Know If You’re Found Guilty
If you’re found guilty or plead guilty to an assault-related offence (assault, utter threats, domestic assault, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault) the consequences could be enormous. The list below will provide you with answers that you may not have considered. The following will provide you with the guidance to help you appreciate your circumstances:
A Criminal Record
- Depending on the severity of the circumstances, a criminal record is a distinct possibility! Generally, the Crown will seek a criminal record particularly if there are any injuries.
- This will have an impact on your future employment as many employers require a clean criminal record background check as a condition of employment.
- If you’re not a Canadian citizen, a criminal record could have an impact on your ability to live and remain in Canada, obtain your citizenship, even if you are a permanent resident! This could be catastrophic.
- A criminal record is forever! Yes forever! It will follow you wherever you go. There may be ways to have your record pardoned but this can only be done after many years.
- Some Good News: If the charge is not too serious, your lawyer may be able to have the charges withdrawn in exchange for you entering into a peace bond. An experienced lawyer will know how to negotiate with the Crown in an effort to bring this result.
- Depending on the circumstances, a judge has the power to impose a jail sentence.
- Generally, if there are severe injuries involved or it’s a repeat offence, jail is a distinct possibility. This is why retaining a good criminal lawyer is so important.
Risk of Losing Your Job
- If the result is a criminal record, most employers will conduct a criminal record check as part of your continued employment. If your employer discovers your criminal record, you could lose your job.
Risk of Deportation
- A criminal record could lead to deportation proceedings, even if you are a permanent resident.
- Lets face it, if people find out that you’ve been found guilty of a crime, it’s extremely embarrassing. People may look at you differently or even look down on you.
- Please keep in mind that the information above is a guideline and that each case is different. Be sure to consult with a criminal lawyer for legal advice about your particular case.