Penalties for Common Assault

If a person is convicted of an offence of common assault whether by beating, or otherwise, the Penalties for Common Assault are wide.

The penalty imposed will depend upon the circumstances of the offence, the nature of any injury caused and the presence of any number of aggravating features. The court will also take account of whether there was any provocation by the complainant.

Aggravating Features

Where there is an assault where no injuries are caused, and there are no aggravating features then this can often result in a fine or a conditional discharge being imposed.

In the case of a common assault where there is no injury but one of the aggravating features are present then the court will consider the imposition of a community order. The court has the power to order that a person convicted of common assault in these circumstances performs a number of hours of unpaid work.


When convicted of a common assault, a defendant will very often fear the imposition of an immediate prison sentence. They will usually only be at risk of this if there is an injury and there are two or more aggravating features present.

Professional Defence Lawyers Can Help

Our Common 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.

At Professional Defence Lawyers you will only be advised by a solicitor with at least 20 years experience. At court you will be represented by the by a solicitor or barrister of the appropriate level of experience and knowledge.

If you are being charged with Common Assault contact us today for the best possible defence. Call us on 0800 634 7022.

FREE Assault Defence Assessment

Fill out our free and confidential Assault Defence Assessment form to get started. Once we receive your assessment one of our experienced lawyers will be in touch to discuss your Common Assault case further.

Q: What will be the Cost?

At Professional Defence Lawyers we will tell you at the outset of your case exactly what our fixed fee will be for your case. Any fee agreed will be clearly advised and will include the cost of all aspects of your case including advice, preparation and representation at court

Q: What Areas do you Cover?

As specialist defence lawyers we cover the whole of England and Wales. We do not charge travelling expenses. The fee for dealing with your case will be the same wherever it is in the country.

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