Violent Offences & Assault Lawyers Sydney

Get the representation you need with a leading common assault or aggravated assault lawyer in Sydney.

At Green & Associates, we’re in your corner. 

We’re the leading assault lawyer Sydney locals trust for a fair outcome. Our expert team have successfully defended charges, negotiated plea deals and avoided convictions for a range of common and aggravated assaults. Whether you’re defending assault charges or negotiating a fair plea deal, we’re committed to getting the result you deserve. 

Our criminal lawyers understand how stressful, time-consuming and overwhelming the legal process can be. We work hard to help all our clients navigate the system while achieving the best possible outcome. We’ll support you every step of the way with expert advice based on our team’s combined experience of over 40 years. Whatever your situation, our team will handle your case with discretion, and provide transparency and open communication to keep the process running smoothly. 

With a 97% success rate across over 1,500 cases, you can rely on a common assault or aggravated assault lawyer from our team for the best result on your case. 

If you need support for your common assault or aggravated assault case, don’t wait — Contact us today and arrange a consultation with a Green & Associates assault lawyer in Sydney. We’re here to help.

The assault lawyer Sydney locals turn to for a fair result

At Green & Associates, our expert criminal lawyers are here for you. Whether you’re defending falsified assault charges, appealing against a sentence or trying to avoid a conviction, we’ll provide you with expert advice, dedicated support and upfront, transparent fees for your case. 

We’ve established a reputation for excellence in Sydney and have built strong relationships with some of the region’s best criminal barristers. Backed by our exceptional knowledge and experience, our common assault and aggravated assault lawyers explore every avenue to get our clients the fairest result.  

Our common assault lawyers aren’t just experts — we go out of our way to cut through the confusion with strategic, pragmatic approaches tailored to each case. We support our clients with open, clear and honest communication throughout the process. 

We’ve worked across a broad spectrum of cases including common assault charges, complex aggravated assault charges and matters in the High Court. With our experience, drive and determination, Green & Associates will get the best outcome for your case.

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Contact our team today for a free consultation with Green & Associates, the expert assault lawyer Sydney locals deserve

Understanding assault charges in NSW

If you or someone you know is facing common or aggravated assault charges, it’s important to understand the fundamentals behind each charge. 

Common and aggravated assault charges are governed under the Crimes Act 1900 in New South Wales. Common assaults fall under section 61 and are generally dealt with by local courts. However, prosecutions can elect to handle common assaults in District Court in more extreme cases.

Common assault in NSW

Common assault encompasses a broad range of offences and is considered the least severe form of assault. This charge refers to incidents in which a victim was subjected to immediate unlawful physical force or was in fear of being subjected to immediate unlawful physical force without their consent. This applies whether the accused committed the act intentionally or by acting recklessly and also applies to cases where no physical force occurred. 

In general terms, common assault applies to violent incidents resulting in minor injuries but also includes verbal threats, battery and reckless behaviour.

Aggravated assault in NSW

Aggravated assault charges fall under sections 32 to 54 of the Crimes Act 1900 and are assessed based on the severity of an attack and the extent of any injuries sustained. Several other factors are considered for aggravated assault charges, including:

If you’re facing charges or seeking legal representation, contact an experienced aggravated assault and common assault lawyer today from Green & Associates.

FAQs about assault & violent offences

Assault charges cover a broad range of offences and can involve attacks, fights, reckless behaviour, threats and situations in which the accused did not exert physical force. To be guilty of an assault offence, the accused must have caused unlawful harm to another person intentionally or through reckless behaviour. This includes using physical violence or making threats of physical violence.

The maximum penalty for common assault in Australia is two years in prison and/or a fine of $5,500. Depending on the severity of the case, first-time offenders often receive lighter sentences when found guilty of common assault.

Common defences against assault charges include situations in which the accused acted in self-defence, acted under duress, acted out of necessity, or acted out of automatism. 

  • Self-defence — This applies when the accused acted to defend themselves, defend another individual, or protect their property from being stolen, destroyed or damaged. However, the accused’s actions must be considered a reasonable response to the circumstances as they perceived them at the time.

  • Duress — Duress applies when the accused was forced to commit assault against their will — for example, if the accused committed assault to prevent themselves or another individual from serious injury or death.

  • Necessity — Necessity is often confused with duress as the criteria for both defences often overlap. An assault has been committed out of necessity if the accused acted to avoid more dire consequences for themselves or another individual. In contrast, duress charges apply when an individual was threatened or forced into committing the assault.

  • Automatism — This applies when the accused acted involuntarily and was not in control of their actions or decision-making. Examples include committing an assault while sleepwalking, during an epileptic fit or while suffering a blackout due to trauma.

Yes, you can. Reasons for pleading not guilty to common assault charges include being wrongfully accused, acting under duress, acting out of necessity, acting in self-defence or acting through automatism. Your common assault lawyer will advise you on the validity of a not-guilty plea when assessing your case.

Contact us today — Our aggravated assault and common assault lawyers will get the result you deserve!

Get the partner you need at Green & Associates. With a 95% success rate across over 1,500 cases, our team takes the stress out of handling common assault and aggravated assault charges. Contact us today and choose the assault lawyer Sydney locals rely on.