Assault Offences QLD

Assaults are a class of offence which involves the use, or threat, of physical force, sometimes even very minor force, against another person.

Assault charges are treated seriously by the courts in Queensland and most will result in the recording of a criminal conviction against your name.

This page contains information about assault in Queensland, including the maximum penalties which apply to them and potential defences which are available.

Definition Of Assault:

Section 245 of the Queensland Criminal Code says that assault is committed by:

A person who strikes, touches, or moves, or otherwise applies force of any kind to, the person of another, either directly or indirectly, without the other person’s consent, or with the other person’s consent if the consent is obtained by fraud, or who by any bodily act or gesture attempts or threatens to apply force of any kind to the person of another without the other person’s consent under such circumstances that the person making the attempt or threat has actually or apparently a present ability to effect the person’s purpose.

Assault (as defined above) is unlawful where it is committed without a lawful justification or excuse.

This definition applies to all assault offences in Queensland.

Click on any of the offences below for more information.


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