Common assault is the lowest form of assault charge in Queensland. This is often charged when the victim has suffered minor or no physical injury as a result of the assault
Assault occasioning bodily harm
Assault occasioning bodily harm – is a more serious offence and it arises when a person who is assaulted receives a bodily injury that interferes with health or discomfort.
Serious assault – the most common form of serious assault is an assault committed against a person over the age of 60 or an assault against a police officer acting in the performance of their duties. Often arising when a person is resisting arrest and have either bitten or spat on a police officer.
Wounding – a person is charged with wounding when a victim receives an injuring that results in the breaking of the true skin. This is often seen when a weapon is used in an assault, such as a knife or a bottle.
Grievous bodily harm
Grievous bodily harm – This is a very serious charge. Grievous bodily harm means that the victim has suffered an injury that if left untreated would result in a permanent disfigurement or death.
Sexual assault – is when the assault of a victim is committed in an indecent way and without the victim’s consent.