I have been charged with an offence of common assault. If I am found guilty what is the likely sentence.
Common assault covers a whole range of scenarios and, as a result there is a very wide range of sentencing options available to the court.
In a non-domestic violence common assault type case, if there has been a minor altercation between two adults resulting in no or minor injury, the sentence for common assault would ordinarily be a conditional discharge or a fine.
If the common assault charge is more serious or is a domestic violence related charge, the court will usually consider the imposition of a community order. This is an order which requires the defendant to complete a number of hours of unpaid work. Very often, again if it is a domestic violence common assault, the court may require the individual to go on certain courses or programs with regard to anger management, communication skills etc.
If the charge of common assault has one or more aggravating features to it, the court can consider the imposition of an immediate or a suspended prison sentence.