Assault and Battery Charges

In English law, there is a distinction between Assault and Battery, which means you can be charged for either one depending on the circumstances. In general terms, assault is the apprehension of the possibility of immediate unlawful violence whilst battery is the infliction of such violence.

Assault Charges

The definition for assault is quite wide and it is a serious offence to commit. Assault involves a threat of an immediate battery but not necessarily an actual act of battery. Therefore, the intent or threat to commit such battery can be classed as assault, even if the defendant does not physically harm the victim.

It's also worth nothing that actions which constitute ordinary daily life are not considered assault or battery, for example, jostling on a crowded train.

Battery Charges

Battery is defined as intentionally or recklessly applying unlawful force to another without their consent. This can include a wide variety of acts against another person with examples being kissing, spitting and cutting hair as well as more harmful actions like punching or kicking.

For more serious acts of assault or battery you may be charged with either ABH or GBH which carry more severe punishments.

Assault & Battery Charge Defences

There are certain circumstances where the law actually permits an individual to cause harm to another person without that amounting to a criminal


This will usually include situations where a person has been acting in self defence. The law does allow a person to use reasonable force to defend himself from an actual assault / battery or from an anticipated assault. You do not have to wait to be hit before using violence against another person to prevent injury to yourself provided there was a genuine and real fear that you were about to be assaulted.

Very often injury can be caused to somebody else by accident. If the court accepts this it may find you not guilty.

For the best defence experienced Assault Lawyers are essential.

Why choose our Assault Lawyers?

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Our Assault Lawyers have established a working relationship with some of the finest barristers in the country. Should any proceedings require representation by a barrister you can rest assured that only those barristers that we feel will give you the very best assistance will be incorporated into the legal team.

Our Assault Lawyers realise that it is our job to look after your best interests. We assure you that we will use our very best efforts on your behalf at all times.

These may be very anxious times. Although our experienced Assault Lawyers are specialised we also pride ourselves on being approachable. We realise that it is our job to provide our clients with as much support as possible throughout the course of the case and we make sure that we are readily contactable at such times as we may be required by our clients throughout the course of any case.

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Our Assault Lawyers have significant experience defending Assault and Battery charges. We have been practicing in this for over 20 years so please don't hesitate to contact us free on 0800 634 7022 today.

The sooner you contact us the sooner we can help put your defence in place.

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