In what instances do you need a lawyer and what of the penalties for an assault charge.
In Nigeria Assault is criminalized in Section 252 the Nigerian Criminal Code Act thus;
“A person who strikes, touches, or moves, or otherwise applies force of any kind to the person of another, either directly or indirectly ,without his consent, or with his consent ,if the consent is obtained by fraud, or who by any bodily act or gesture attempts or threatens to apply force of any kind to the person of another without his consent, in such circumstances that the person making the attempt or threat has actually or apparently a present ability to effect his purpose, is said to assault that person, and the act is called an assault.”
Section 351 of the Criminal Code Act punishes “Assault.” and thus provides as;
“Any person who unlawfully assaults another is guilty of a misdemeanor, and is liable to, if no greater punishment is provided, to imprisonment for one year.
Section 352 pronounces any assault with intent to commit unnatural offence a felony and punishes it with fourteen years imprisonment.
Section 353 pronounces any unlawful and indecent assault on males a felony and punishes it with imprisonment for three years.
Section 354 criminalizes any assault on persons protecting the wrecks of a ship and stipulates an imprisonment of up to seven years.
Section 355 criminalizes any assault occasioning harm and the punishment is a three year jail term.