Canadian Criminal Sentencing/Offences/Assault Peace Officer

Assault Peace Officer
s. 270 of the Crim. Code
Election / Plea
Crown ElectionHybrid
JurisdictionProv. Court
SC Judge + PI (I)
SC Jury + PI (I) (536(2))
Summary Dispositions
Maximum6 months jail or $5,000 fine
Indictable Dispositions
Avail. Disp.same as summary
Maximum5 years jail
Offence Elements
Sentence Principles
Sentence Digests

Legislation edit

s.270 (2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

718.02 When a court imposes a sentence for an offence under subsection 270(1), section 270.01 or 270.02 or paragraph 423.1(1)(b), the court shall give primary consideration to the objectives of denunciation and deterrence of the conduct that forms the basis of the offence.


Application edit

For details on general principles and factors of assault-based offences, see Canadian Criminal Sentencing/Offences/Assaultive Offences

Principles edit

All offences involving assaults of peace officers is serious and so court must emphasize denunciation.[1]

Spitting has been considered a serious offence. It is repulsive and disgusting[2].

Spitting can be harmful presents a risk of transferring diseases. This could result in permanent infections or at a minimum weigh on the officer's mind for some time.[3]

  1. R. v. Beaudin, 2012 ONCA 615 (CanLII) at para. 1
  2. R v Solomon, [2001] OJ No 5733 (CJ) at 2
  3. R v Solomon, at para 2
    R v Joseph [2001] OJ No 5726 at para 3
    R. v. Charlette, 2010 SKCA 78 (CanLII) at para. 9 - offender spat twice in officer's face and once on clothing ("The possibility of contracting a disease is real, and the fear of developing a disease preys on the victim’s mind for some time to come.") R. v. Ryan, [2001] O.J. No. 5069 (C.J.) at 4
    R v Ratt, 2012 SKPC 154 (CanLII) - herpes can spread by spitting including in the eye

Factors edit

Primary Factors

  • spitting: degree of risk of communicating diseases