I have been charged with common assault and want to plead guilty. What will happen at court?
How the charge of common assault will be dealt with at the Magistrates Court depends upon the facts of the case. If it is a minor altercation between adults with no aggravating features or injuries, the court will almost always deal with the case on the day by the imposition of a fine or a conditional discharge.
Alternatively, if the charge of common assault has any of the aggravating features indicated above or it is a common assault domestic violence charge, as the court has a much wider power with regard to sentencing, the case will almost always be adjourned for the preparation of a presentence report. This means having to go back to court on a further occasion. In the meantime the probation service will arrange an appointment for the person charged with common assault to attend their offices in order that an interview can take place. The contents of the interview will form the basis of the presentence report. On the second occasion, the person charged with common assault would ordinarily expect the case to be finalised.
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