An assault charge most often results from someone hitting, punching, pushing or otherwise striking another person. However, the crime of assault covers much more than that. An attempt or a threat to apply force to another person is an assault if the complainant reasonably believes that the threat or attempt can be carried out. Also, impeding someone while openly carrying a weapon or an imitation weapon is an assault. Being convicted of an assault charge can have serious consequences. This could include time in jail. Even if it is your first time being charged, you may end up with a criminal record which could hurt your job prospects and your ability to travel internationally. Having a lawyer to defend you on these charges could be a great help to keep you criminal-record free.