Lawtons Solicitors has a specialist team of criminal solicitors that not only understands the law inside out, but is also highly experienced in the court room to defend your case and to achieve the best outcome for you.

Our specialist team of common assault solicitors are highly experienced both in their knowledge of the law and renowned for their expertise in the court room.

There is much confusion when it comes to common assault, and the reality is it can lead to significant fines and even imprisonment with serious implications for family life and careers.

It is vital to seek legal guidance to ensure you understand your options and are prepared for any possible legal proceedings you may face.


Common Assault & The Law

What is often misinterpreted regarding common assault is that, by definition, no physical contact needs to have occurred to be guilty of this offence.

What does need to be shown, however, is that an intention of fear has been caused that imminent physical violence will be used.  This may be in the form of a verbal threat combined with associated behaviours, such as a raised fist.

If this is a first occurrence it is unlikely to result in a prison sentence, in preference for a deterrent punishment such as community service. However, it will appear on criminal records.

The same is not true for repeat offenders or where actual violence has been proven to be used. In these cases the Magistrates’ Court can give up to a six months’ prison sentence. Where violence has been used as part of the case, the prosecution will say that it is common assault by beating.


Accused of Common Assault?

If you are under police investigation for common assault, or facing court, it is important to seek legal guidance to understand your position.

Lawtons Solicitors will work with you to ensure you are represented fairly and that the best outcome is achieved in accordance with the facts of the case.


Contact Us

For more information on laws and sentences associated with common assault, please call 0333 202 0972 or email


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