In any society, violent crimes pose a significant threat to public safety and individual well-being. Aggravated assault is a particularly severe form of violent crime that involves intentionally causing serious harm to another person, often with the use of a deadly weapon. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) takes a strong stance against such offenses and has strict laws in place to address aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault, as distinguished from simple assault, involves additional factors that make the offense more serious. In the UAE, it is defined as intentionally causing serious bodily harm to another person using a weapon or any other means likely to cause severe injury or death. These weapons can include firearms, knives, or any object used with the intent to inflict harm. The element of premeditation or the assault occurring under specific circumstances can also contribute to the classification of an assault as aggravated.
The UAE’s legal system addresses aggravated assault under the Federal Penal Code (Law No. 3 of 1987). The penalties for this offense are significantly more severe than those for simple assault. According to UAE law, an individual convicted of aggravated assault can face imprisonment for a minimum of three years, with the possibility of life imprisonment in extreme cases. The exact sentence depends on the specific circumstances of the crime, the severity of the injuries inflicted, and any previous criminal record of the offender.