If you’ve been charged with assault, we can help.
In Scottish law, assault is a physical attack on another person which intended to cause bodily injury or puts the victim in a state of fear for their safety. An ‘assault’ cannot be committed by words alone, nor it can be committed by accident.
If you are accused of assault, it is vital that you work with an experienced assault lawyer to help you navigate the criminal law system. Get in touch today to receive a confidential initial discussion with one of our top assault lawyers.
At Neil Kilcoyne and Co. Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with assault and battery offences and cases of this nature can be very complex. As such, they require a high level of skill, expertise, and specialist knowledge. A defence lawyer can make all the difference in your case, which is why it’s important you appoint a qualified and competent assault lawyer right away.
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If an assault is made worse by an external factor, this is when the charge becomes aggravated assault. Common aggravated assaults include severe injury, permanent disfigurement/scaring, or it places the victim’s life in danger. As well as this, if the assault took place in the victim’s home or workplace or if a weapon was used, this would class as aggravated.
The main recognised defences to a charge of assault are self-defence and provocation.
Self-defence is available if the accused acted to protect themselves or another from the immediate threat of physical injury. Before a plea of self-defence is accepted, the court needs to be satisfied that the actions used in self-defence were proportionate, necessary and that there were no reasonable means of escape available at the time.
If you have been accused of assault, but believe that you acted in self-defence, contact our experienced assault lawyers at Neil Kilcoyne as soon as possible.
Provocation is not a complete defence to a charge of assault, however if it is established that the actions took place within the heat of the moment without being entirely determined by reason, it can mitigate or reduce an assault sentence.
Neil Kilcoyne & Co are leading criminal assault solicitors in Scotland. We have the knowledge and experience of working on a huge number of criminal law cases, including those which involve assault and battery.
Our top Scottish solicitors are able to advise and represent you throughout your case and have the tools and capabilities to get you the best possible outcome of your case.
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