Assaulting a Police Officer In Alberta
Assaulting a police officer in Alberta is a highly serious offence, carrying with it heavy sentences for conviction as well as going on your permanent record. Specifically, section 270 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits citizens from interfering with a police officer in the execution of his or her duty. The law also extends to cover anyone who is assisting the officer in that duty.
Preventing the lawful arrest or detention of others or planning to abscond with anything that has been taken into custody also falls under these charges.
Consequences for assaulting an officer
Both a Crown priority and an indictable offense, for those with existing criminal records the penalty for assaulting a police officer in Alberta can be as high as a five-year prison sentence.
Fighting charges of assaulting a police officer in Alberta
There are several possible defenses you may employ, with the guidance of a skilled criminal assault lawyer in Calgary:
- Violation of rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms
A skilled criminal lawyer can help build a tight case around these legal defenses, which are very technical in nature and complex in execution. You want an experienced attorney from Ryan Claxton’s legal team guiding the review of your case to ensure that all bases are covered from examining the affidavits and reviewing evidence to interviewing witnesses to get the full story.
Aggravated assault charges
Additional charges may be added, depending on the nature of an assault. An aggravated assault under section cc.268(1) of the Criminal Code is defined as wounding, maiming, disfiguring or endangering the life of another person. It is an indictable offense with a term of up to 14 years.
Assault with a Weapon
Other charges that may be laid come from 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. This could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years.
Call Ryan Claxton now if you are facing charges for assaulting a police officer, 1-587-315-0447.