Assaulting a Peace Officer in Alberta
Under Section 270 of the Criminal Code of Canada, assault of a police officer is also known as “assaulting a PO” and involves the assault of a peace officer in execution of his or her duty, as well as any individual assisting that officer in their duty. In addition, the law encompasses anyone who prevents the lawful arrest or detention of themselves or others, as well as the intent to rescue anything that has been taken under lawful process, distress, or seizure.
An extremely serious offense, the assault of a police officer can be a permanent mark on any citizen’s criminal record, to be referred to by officers at any point in the future. Therefore, it is critical you seek the legal counsel of our criminal assault lawyers at Greg Dunn, in Calgary, Alberta, if you are facing a physical assault charge.
Penalties in Alberta
Considered an indictable offense and a Crown priority, individuals charged with assaulting a PO in Alberta, especially those with existing criminal records, can face a 5-year prison sentence – one reason to work with the trusted aggravated assault lawyers at Greg Dunn who have solid relationships with your local prosecutor’s office.
Our criminal lawyers in Calgary examine your case, review the evidence, and interview any witnesses, all of which have a significant effect on your sentencing for criminal assault. Several valid arguments are available to your felony assault defense:
- Self-defense – a very technical, detailed strategy
- The consent of the other person
- Violation of your rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms
What is Aggravated Assault?
Under the Criminal Code, Section cc. 268. (1), everyone commits an aggravated assault who wounds, maims, disfigures, or endangers the life of the complainant.
Every one who commits an is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen (14) years, under Section cc. 268. (2).
What About Assault with a Weapon?
Under Section cc. 267. of the Criminal Code, anyone who, in committing an assault, (a) carries, uses, or threatens to use a weapon or an imitation thereof, or (b) causes bodily harm to the complainant, is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten (10) years or an offense punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen (18) months.
Call Our Calgary Criminal Lawyers
The stigma and shame that accompany a criminal assault charge are immeasurable throughout your life. Minimize the damage to your reputation, your family, and your future by consulting Greg Dunn as your , if you have been charged with assaulting a police officer or assaulting a parole officer in Calgary, Alberta. Call us at 1-587-315-0666 today.