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Charged with Assault?

Assault is a common charge and usually arises from a fight or fracas in which one party is injured. Assault is the Scottish equivalent of Grievous Bodily Harm or Assault and Battery in England. It can be a serious charge, so it’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Assault Defence Lawyers Glasgow

An assault is defined as a physical attack on another person which causes harm, is intended to cause harm or which puts the victim in a state of fear for their bodily safety.

If you are charged with assault you should seek legal advice at the earliest possible stage to explore any defences which may be available to you.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Assault is charged when the assault itself is made worse by the inclusion of an additional factor – for instance the use of a weapon, a racial or sectarian motive or where sever injury is the result.

What to do if you’ve been charged with assault:

If you have been charged with assault, the two main defences are self-defence and provocation.

Self-defence is available to an accused where they have acted to protect themselves or another from the immediate threat of physical injury to their person. Before a plea of self-defence will be accepted, the court must be satisfied that the actions used in self-defence were necessary and proportionate and that no means of escape were available.

The threshold here is a high one – if you have been accused of assault, but believe that you acted in self-defence it’s important to contact an experienced criminal solicitor as soon as possible.

Legal Aid Solicitors Glasgow

We are members of The Law Society of Scotland and are registered to provide Legal Aid by The Scottish Legal Aid Board. Legal Aid may be available in many cases.

24 Hour Help

We understand that being accused of a crime is a stressful experience. That’s why we provide 24 hour assistance for emergencies and effective representation should you require to appear before any court.

Call or visit us to discuss your case. We have offices in Baillieston, Cambuslang, Muirhead, Barmulloch, St Vincent Street and Saltmarket.

Criminal Defence Lawyers Glasgow

Contact Us Now - It’s never too soon to get in touch. Call us today on 01415529193 or use our online enquiry form. Our solicitors will deal with your enquiry in the strictest of confidence.