Minimum Sentence for Aggravated Assault in Canada





Minimum Sentence for Aggravated Assault in Canada

There is no minimum sentence for aggravated assault. There is only a maximum sentence than can be served, which is 14 years in jail.

Factors That Affect Sentencing

Indicates whether the defendant entered into an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence, or provided information or assistance to authorities during the investigation or prosecution of the case.
Refers to circumstances, such as acting under duress or coercion, or because it was necessary to prevent greater harm, that may reduce the defendant’s degree of responsibility or moral culpability for the offence.
Refers to the evidence or arguments presented by both the prosecution and the defence that may have an impact on the sentence, such as evidence of the defendant’s previous bad acts or mitigating factors such as mental illness or addiction.
Indicates military service, public service or other accomplishments which might affect the conviction.
Indicates the specific laws, policies, and case law in the jurisdiction where the offence was committed that may affect the sentence, such as mandatory minimum sentences, sentencing guidelines, or prevailing community views about punishment.
It is important to remember that a defendant who has cooperated with law enforcement and other authorities in investigating and prosecuting his or her crime may have his or her sentence reduced.
The age of the accused and any physical or mental health problems may be relevant to the court in determining an appropriate sentence, e.g. an older accused or one with a serious health condition may be given a lighter sentence.
The role played by the defendant in the commission of the offence may have an impact on the sentence – a principal or a co-conspirator may receive a more severe sentence than an accomplice or a person who played a minor role.
A defendant’s financial resources and ability to pay fines or other financial penalties may be considered in determining an appropriate sentence. The court may consider the defendant’s ability to pay restitution to the victim or victims and/or fines to the state.
Sentencing may be influenced by the aim of deterring the defendant and others from committing similar offences in the future; a harsh sentence may act as a deterrent, while a lenient sentence may not.
The safety and protection of the public is a key consideration in sentencing. A defendant who poses a significant threat to the safety of the public may be sentenced more severely to ensure that he or she is not able to commit further offences.
The potential of the accused to be rehabilitated, or to be successfully treated or trained so as not to reoffend, may be considered in determining an appropriate sentence A defendant who appears likely to be successfully rehabilitated may be sentenced more leniently.
Sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimums established by state or federal law may be a factor in determining a sentence. The court must follow these guidelines and mandatory minimums, but the court has some discretion in a particular case.
Statutory aggravating circumstances are elements of the offence or of the defendant’s conduct that increase the severity of the sentence, while mitigating circumstances are elements that decrease the severity of the sentence. These factors are often specified by state or federal law.
Community and judicial views on the appropriate punishment for a particular crime can be a factor in sentencing Public opinion and the views of the judge or sentencing panel can influence the perceived severity of a particular sentence.
The extent to which the defendant has been of assistance to law enforcement or other authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the offence may be a sentencing factor.
The defendant’s age, mental and physical health may be relevant to sentencing because these factors may affect the defendant’s ability to understand the consequences of their actions and potential for rehabilitation.
The role of the defendant in the commission of the offence may also be taken into consideration, with those who have played a leading or more active role often receiving a more severe sentence.
This factor refers to the specific details and events surrounding the offence that was committed, including the method used and any aggravating or mitigating circumstances that may exist.
This factor considers the defendant’s previous criminal record, including any previous convictions, as well as the defendant’s history of having been sentenced.
This factor takes into account the whole background of the defendant, including his or her education, employment, family situation and any history of drug or alcohol abuse.
This factor takes into account the defendant’s demonstration of remorse for the offence committed, including any apologies or expressions of regret.
This assesses the physical, emotional and economic damage caused by the offence and its impact on the victims’ life.

Contact Us

Been Arrested or Charged with A Criminal Offence? Get Help Now!

If you have been arrested or need assistance with a criminal matter, contact me to discuss your case.

Jeffrey I Reisman
Criminal Defence Lawyer
1000 Finch Ave. West, Suite 705 A
Toronto, ON M3J 2V5

Phone: 647-370-4282
Email: [email protected]

24/7 Availability And Client Support

20 Years Of Criminal Defence Experience