choke assault charges

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Country: Afghanistan
State: Alberta

my boyfriend was charged with assault, and assisting himself in assault by means of choke. tried to get the charges dropped and couldn't and now he's pled Not Guilty... What are the likely repercussions? he has 1 prior assault (but got alternative measures) is a single dad and has his own oil business.

Answer

Make sure you get counsel (or at least the public defender) to try to keep this off the record eventually--jail time is probably not likely if his record is clear now. But having that arrest and/or a conviction on the record will make job-hunting etc. more difficult. Often this could be negotiated down to some kind of court supervision etc. If it eventually appears it cannot be negotiated down, please let us know...