The penalties for an aggravated assault are heavier than for a common assault in the same category.
There are also specific assault charges if you resist or assault a police officer, as well as the ‘one punch law’ that applies if you assault someone who dies as a result.
If you plead guilty or are found guilty of assault a criminal conviction will generally be recorded against you. Penalties can range from fines and community services to imprisonment.
You should also be aware that if you are found guilty of assault, you may also face civil actions. These include a action for victims of crime compensation, in which the prosecution makes a claim against you, or an action begun by the victim themselves in which they sue you for compensation.