As with other criminal law matters the government provides funding by way of legal aid. This is the same in the instance where the individual is charged in relation to a serious assault offence. Again, the individual would have to qualify for legal aid on two grounds. Firstly, their disposable income must be below a certain amount and secondly it must be in the interests of justice that they be represented. With such offences, as they carry lengthy custodial sentences the individual would most definitely satisfy the latter criterion.