Assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm are under the same section of the Criminal Code of Canada and carry the same base punishment. An assault with a weapon means an assault which was committed while carrying, using or threatening to use a weapon or an imitation weapon.
Bodily harm is defined in the Criminal Code as any hurt or injury to a person that interferes with the health or comfort of the person and that is more than merely transient or trifling in nature. Anyone convicted of assault with a weapon or assault causing bodily harm will have a sample of their DNA taken and kept in a database for potential future investigations. 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.

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