Assault on Emergency Workers Solicitors
Specialist criminal solicitors and barristers at representing clients facing investigation or prosecution for Assault on Emergency Workers
The offence of Assault on An Emergency Worker is prosecuted under Section 1 of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018. If you have recently been charged with this offence and require expert private criminal defence representation in Court, call our specialist criminal law solicitors on 03452229955 or complete our Contact Form for a call back.
This is a serious type of assault, which may also be referred to on a charge sheet as ‘Assault by beating of an emergency worker’ and refer to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
This offence came into force on 13th November 2018, prior to that date Defendants were prosecuted under Section 39 Common Assault, which attracts a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment however, this offence can attract up to 12 months imprisonment, a fine or both.
Recent years have seen an increase in assaults on emergency workers, with 26,000 assaults on police officers in the past year and over 17,000 on NHS staff. Assaults on prison officers rose by 70% in the 3 years to 2017, with an 18% increase experienced by firefighters in the past 2 years.
Who is an Emergency Worker?
Section 3(1) of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 defines an emergency worker as:
- (a)a constable;
- (b)a person (other than a constable) who has the powers of a constable or is otherwise employed for police purposes or is engaged to provide services for police purposes;
- (c)a National Crime Agency officer;
- (d)a prison officer;
- (e)a person (other than a prison officer) employed or engaged to carry out functions in a custodial institution of a corresponding kind to those carried out by a prison officer;
- (f)a prisoner custody officer, so far as relating to the exercise of escort functions;
- (g)a custody officer, so far as relating to the exercise of escort functions;
- (h)a person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to provide, fire services or fire and rescue services;
- (i)a person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to provide, search services or rescue services (or both);
- (j)a person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to provide—
- (i)NHS health services, or
- (ii)services in the support of the provision of NHS health services, and whose general activities in doing so involve face to face interaction with individuals receiving the services or with other members of the public.
Securing Expert Legal Advice
Our solicitors and barristers frequently represent clients charged with assaulting an emergency worker on competitive fixed fees. Our fixed fee packages start from £1,500+VAT which includes access to highly skilled and experienced legal advice.
Once formally appointed our lawyers will scrutinise the prosecution evidence to identify potential weaknesses and will provide you with detailed advice on how to proceed, which will inevitably enhance the prospects of attaining a favourable result based on the circumstances of the offence.
Common Assault and Battery
The offence is committed if a person commits a common assault or battery against an emergency worker acting in the exercise of functions as such a worker.
Therefore, for a person to be convicted of this offence, the prosecution must prove the following:
- A common assault or battery was committed;
- Against an emergency worker;
- Acting in the exercise of functions as such a worker.
Aggravating factors make an offence more serious and therefore increase the chance of a prison and the severity of the sentence.
The following will be regarded as aggravating features that the Court will take into consideration if a person pleads guilty or is found guilty following trial:
- Spitting or coughing
- Victim isolated and/or had no opportunity to escape situation
- Presence of children
- Gratuitous degradation of victim
- Any steps taken to prevent the victim reporting an incident, obtaining assistance and/or from assisting or supporting the prosecution
- Commission of offence whilst under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Offence committed whilst on licence or subject to post sentence supervision
- Failure to comply with current court orders
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Thankfully from choosing Kang and Co I didn’t lose my job or have my career path closed to me. I am very grateful for the amount of time Mr Kang put into my case and the support given throughout the process. I would definitely recommend Kang and Co.”
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