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Assault Charges in South Australia


Assault is easily the most common crime committed against the person in South Australia.  To deal with the numerous forms that crimes of assault may take, South Australia has a number of assault offences with varying degrees of punishment depending on the seriousness of the assault.  The types of offences, and penalties, are found in the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) and the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA).  The elements of the offence that must be proved by the Crown may also differ.  These offences include:

  • assaulting a police officer (section 6 of the Summary Offences Act);
  • basic assault (section 20 of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act);
  • aggravated assault (section 20 of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act);
  • causing physical or mental harm (Division 7A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act); and
  • assaults with intent (section 270B of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act).

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Michelle Makela

Michelle Makela is one of our Legal Practice Directors and the National Practice Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Criminology. Michelle has had a varied career, working in commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Michelle joined Go To Court Lawyers in 2011. She now supervises a team of over 80 solicitors across Australia.

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