Assault offences involve the use, or threat, of physical force against another person. Assault charges are treated as serious by the Court and being found guilty of an assault offence is likely to result in the recording of a criminal conviction.
Section 245 (1) of the Queensland Criminal Code defines assault as follows:
“A person who strikes, touches, or moves, or otherwise applies force of any kind to, the person of another, either directly or indirectly, without the other person’s consent, or with the other person’s consent if the consent is obtained by fraud, or who by any bodily act or gesture attempts or threatens to apply force of any kind to the person of another without the other person’s consent under such circumstances that the person making the attempt or threat has actually or apparently a present ability to effect the person’s purpose, is said to assault that other person, and the act is called an assault.”
There are several assault offences in Queensland, depending on the circumstances and severity of the alleged offending.