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What To Do if You Have Been Accused of Assault

If you are alleged to have committed assault, this can be an extremely difficult and distressing time for you and those closest to you. Our experienced criminal defence team understand the severity of assault allegations and we are dedicated to ensuring we provide friendly and professional advice throughout your case.

Free Initial Telephone Options Appointment 

We provide a free initial telephone options appointment to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call 0330 333 2613 for a no obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call you back.

What are the types of assault charges?

There are different recognised assault charges, where dependent on the severity, will depend on the penalty received, these charges include:

  • Common assault: This is considered any act of violence inflicted upon another individual (however minor this is), or making someone feel intimidated (as though they are going to be attacked). E.g. violent threats, raising a fist or even spitting on someone.
  • Actual Bodily Harm (ABH): Considered to be any act that has caused some physical harm to the victim. This act doesn’t necessarily mean serious or permanent injuries were inflicted on the victim, but a physical injury must have existed briefly.
  • Wounding/grievous bodily hard (GBH). This is considered to be really serious physical harm inflicted on another person. The injury doesn’t have to be permanent and can also include any psychiatric injury, or an individual transmitting an infection (e.g. through sexual activity).

Assault charges are complex in their nature which is why it is vital that you seek advice as soon as you have been charged.

What should I do if I am accused of assault?

Being charged with assault can be very serious, causing distress to you and those closest to you. The penalty you receive is heavily dependent on the severity of the case, which will also decide how you will be prosecuted.

Should you be arrested on an assault charge, you are entitled to legal advice from a criminal defence solicitor. Under no circumstances should you agree to be interviewed without legal representation. Sometimes, you may be invited to attend an interview at the police station on a voluntary basis, again, you are entitled to legal advice and should have a criminal defence solicitor present.

Obtaining expert legal advice quickly is important because a solicitor can give you the support and guidance that you will require at this difficult time. All advice at the police station is free and confidential.

Why do I need a solicitor?

A solicitor can open the lines of communication with the investigating officer in the case and obtain details of the facts as related by the complainant. Once this information has been obtained, a solicitor will be able to relay this information to you so that you are aware of the substance of the allegation prior to the interview being conducted. The advantage of instructing a solicitor is that you will have the benefit of disclosure and will not be taken by surprise during the interview, there is no such duty of disclosure if you decide to be interviewed unrepresented.

We at Elliot Mather LLP will continue to be proactive. We will continue to engage with you and liaise with the police and CPS. If further information comes to light that we can present on your behalf that will support your case, we will do so at the earliest opportunity.

Our team of expert criminal defence solicitors and accredited police station representatives have a wealth of experience of assisting individuals who face assault allegations. Our team understand that this can be a distressing time, it is because of this that we offer professional advice, and continuity of representation throughout your case.

How we can help

At Elliot Mather, our dedicated Criminal Defence team offer friendly and professional advice with continuity of representation throughout your case.

The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. Our team members are all experienced in advising individuals on their specific circumstances


Our Solicitors are able to provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to get in contact 

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion on 0330 333 2613 or email and we will call or email you back.

How to make contact out of hours 

We have emergency contact numbers for individuals who require police station representation outside of our office hours.

If you require assistance from one of our criminal defence solicitors when out of our normal office hours, it is vital that you call us on:

  • Chesterfield: 07717802850
  • Derby: 07776240152
  • Mansfield: 07741592301
  • Nottinghamshire: 07741592301

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