About assault charges.
Our barristers at High Street Law are experienced in representing clients with offences involving violence; these range from murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assaults (including grievous bodily harm) through to minor offences such common assault and property offences.
Many of the charges relating to violence are outlined in the Crimes Act 1961. Crimes involving violence are taken very seriously by the Courts and often have possible prison sentences as outcomes.
Violence (including domestic violence) is a major problem in New Zealand and the police can lay various charges including (but not limited) to the following:
If you are charged with an offence involving violence you should obtain the best representation possible. We understand that there are usually two sides to a story and will ensure that your version of events can be carefully considered by a Judge or jury.
The downside of laws intended to protect.
New Zealand takes domestic violence very seriously, and has enacted strict laws intended to protect the innocent and defenceless.
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to discern the difference between domestic violence and self-defence, or an argument in which things said impulsively are interpreted as real threats.
Because the laws are written broadly enough to protect victims in a wide variety of circumstances, they often catch in their net people who have been falsely accused and those who have made a momentary mistake. If you or someone you know finds yourself in this type of situation contacting us as soon as possible will allow us the chance to resolve the matter quickly and discretely.
See “Criminal Law” for more information on general processes and how we can help.