Serious Assault

In Queensland, the Criminal Code defines serious assault as an aggravated form of common assault. Again, there need not be any identifiable visible injury sustained by a person, but there does need to be a circumstance of aggravation. The circumstances of aggravation giving rise to this offence can occur in one or more of the following situations:

Where the assault is upon a police officer;

  • Where the assault is upon a person over 60 years of age;
  • Where the assault is upon a disabled person; and/or
  • Where the assault occurs in a correctional facility.

Given there is a circumstance of aggravation that separates this offence from one of common assault, the maximum penalties imposed by law are higher.

If you have been charged with serious assault get in touch with us immediately on 1800 558 533 or