Assault and battery come under criminal offences. However, the legal term assault could vary depending on the jurisdiction. The legal definition of assault in some countries means a “person (defendant) intentionally or recklessly cause another to apprehend an immediate infliction of unlawful force”. Harmful, offensive contact and even a ‘mere touching’ could amount to an assault. However, in other jurisdictions assault simply means causing injury with an intention to cause physical injury. Assault being a crime can also be a tort (that is a civil wrong). Regardless of whether there is actually intention or not to cause physical harm and regardless whether actual physical injury is caused if a person puts another person in a position to apprehend an imminent harm or other offensive contact it could be a wrong under criminal or tort law. If you have had any experiences of an assault you should never suffer in silent, immediately consider of pressing charges against the assailant.
File a police report.
The first step to be taken before hiring any lawyers in Penrith and taking the case to courts is to file a police report. This you could even do it by yourself. To press charges against someone you need to give all the details to support your side. Details includes, when, where and the time the incident occurred, how the assault occurred and every other information that you know of the assailant, any potential witnesses. Before you go to the police to report the case write down everything to refresh all the memories of the incident to make sure that you won’t miss out anything important. Visit the police department and provide all the necessary details including your details as well. Once a police officer takes note of the assault ensure that you collect a copy of the report. Once the police investigate more on the case and if your case seems to be of a serious one they will send the assault report to the prosecutor’s office. There the prosecutor will decide whether there is enough evidence to prosecute the assailant. If the assailant has been arrested the police will investigate more on your case provide them with any additional evidence, cooperate with them as much as possible and always try to provide more information to the police in order to support your case.
Seek for protection.
If, however, you feel unsafe especially now that you have filed an assault case you can seek an order of protection from the courts. Hire a sexual assault lawyer in Sydney for more information. An order of protection is a restraining order it will prevent the assailant from seeing you.
Call the police if the order is violated.
If you were able to successfully obtain an order of protection and incase if your assailant violates the order you should call the police immediately. Remember the paper itself cannot offer you full protection therefore you need to call for help.