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Assault is forcing someone to commit or undergo a lewd act. It often comes down to unwanted touching or having one's genitals touched. Kissing under duress also falls under sexual assault. The big difference with rape is that a rape is an intrusion of the body and not an assault. Sole kissing under coercion is no longer rape, but can be a lewd act. If you or someone close to you is suspected of sexual assault, it is important to call in an expert lawyer. The lawyers at our firm have a lot of experience in handling criminal cases, including assault cases. Please contact us for assistance and advice.


Assault is punishable in art. 246 of the Penal Code. The legal text can be found below:


Article 246
Any person who, by force or other fact or threat of force or other fact, compels a person to commit or tolerate acts of fornication shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding eight years or a fifth category fine, as a guilty of actual assault on honour.


Penalty for assault

Many people wonder what punishment a person can expect for assault, but that question can never be answered just like that. Punishment is tailor-made. In the case of a conviction, the judge looks at all kinds of factors, such as the circumstances under which the offence was committed, the person of the suspect, the maximum sentence and judgments in similar cases. The lawyers at our firm can make a realistic assessment of a possible penalty, even if it is ultimately up to the court to make the decision.


Our lawyers can assist you throughout the Netherlands. We litigate at the Courts of Alkmaar, Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen, Breda, Dordrecht, The Hague, Groningen, Haarlem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Leeuwarden, Lelystad, Maastricht, Middelburg, Roermond, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Zutphen and Zwolle, the Courts of Appeal in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, 's-Hertogenbosch and Leeuwarden and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.


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