Different Types of Assault Under Canadian Criminal Law Assault is one of the most serious forms of criminal offences. It is punishable under several sections of the Criminal Code of Canada depending on how it is classified. Simple assault is defined and punished as per section 265. · 265 (1) A person commits an assault when
· (a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;
· (b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or
· (c) while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.