Why is fighting ok in the NHL but not on Richmond Row?  It comes down to consent.  Hockey players who consent to fight are not guilty of assault.

Assault is the intentional application of force without consent.  But consent only goes so far.  No one can consent to having bodily harm inflicted.

If you have been charged with assault there are a number of defences to help you beat the charges, including self-defence and consent.

Assault charges are often resolved by way of a peace bond, especially if the alleged assault is not serious and the accused does not have a criminal record.   A peace bond requires the accused to agree to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a particular period of time.  In addition a peace bond usually requires the accused to agree to not cmmunicate or associate with the complainant in the matter for the same period of time.  In exchange for agreeing to this, the prosecutor is withdraws the criminal charges.

If you have been charged with assault, call James Zegers at 519-673-0440 for a free initial consultation.