This article provides general information and should not serve as a substitute for legal advice.


A common assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment.

A person may be charged with common assault where there have been acts of violence or threats of violence, even where there has not been an injury amounting to bodily harm. Furthermore, common assault may be found even where there was no intention on the part of the defendant.

Upon conviction, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a common assault charge:

  • Conviction
  • Imprisonment
  • Home detention
  • Intensive correction order
  • Suspended sentence
  • Community service order (CSO)
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Fine

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The consequences of a conviction can be serious. It may restrict the jobs you can apply for (particularly in childcare or government), or making it difficult to travel to certain countries overseas.

Please contact us should you be accused of assault before taking any further action.