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Section 20 Assault Solicitors

Unlawful Wounding / Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) Section 20 Offences Against the Person Act 1861

If you are facing a Police Investigation or have recently been Charged with Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), it is vital that you seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible. Our experienced team of Private Funded Criminal Defence Lawyers are available to advise and guide you through the entire process. We cover everything from the Police Station Interview, through to a trial at the Crown Court. Call us now on 0345 222 9955 or complete our Contact Form to speak with one of our lawyers regarding the options available to you, and the cost of legal representation.

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What does Grievous Bodily Harm Mean?

Grievous Bodily Harm frequently abbreviated to ‘GBH’ is the most serious type of non-fatal assault. The injuries in such cases are considered to cause serious detriment to the victim’s health, GBH is also known as ‘wounding’.

The Injuries That Amount to GBH

The following injuries are usually considered to amount to GBH:

  • Serious psychiatric injury
  • Injuries that result in a substantial loss of blood
  • Injuries resulting in permanent disability or disfigurement;
  • Broken bones

Funding a Criminal Prosecution

If you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution, you should seek out the very best lawyers to defend your case. This should ensure that you have the best chance of a successful outcome. Our legal team are highly experienced and recognised nationally for successfully defending a significant number of high-profile criminal prosecutions throughout England and Wales.

As a specialist private funded criminal defence law firm, we represent clients that are in a financial position to fund their cases privately. As a result our clients do not usually qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid) and for that reason we do not undertake any work on Legal Aid.

Our Private Legal Defence Lawyers accept new cases on a Fixed Fee basis, ensuring that our clients know exactly how much their case will cost from the outset.

Private legal representation is not only reserved for the wealthy, many of our clients are ordinary people that require a robust defence team to provide them with the best chance of protecting their reputation and career. If you require more information on the cost of Kang & Co handling your case, speak to one of our solicitors for a free no obligation fee estimate.

Unlawful Wounding / Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm

This offence is committed when a person unlawfully and maliciously wounds or applies grievous bodily harm on another person.

Elements of Unlawful Wounding / Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm:

  • The act: The unlawful causing of a wound or application (both directly and indirectly) of “serious harm” to another. A wound is the breaking of the skin.
  • The intent: The accused must intend to cause a wound or apply “some harm” or they should have foreseen their conduct is likely to result in the causing of “some harm”.

Wounding means the breaking of the continuity of the whole of the outer skin, or the inner skin within the cheek or lip.

For the prosecution to secure a conviction for a Section 20 assault, they must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Defendant intended to do some kind of bodily harm to another person or was reckless as to whether any such harm might be caused.  If minor harm was intended but serious injury resulted, a person could still be charged with this offence.

 

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 Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;

£1500 + VAT

Section 20 GBH Sentencing Guidelines

This is an ‘either way’ offence, which means that the matter can be heard in either the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Whether the Magistrates’ Court is prepared to deal with the matter will depend upon the circumstances of the case and the nature of the injuries sustained. The more serious the circumstances, the more likely the case will be sent to the Crown Court.

If a person pleads guilty, or is found guilty of a Section 20 assault, the Court has the power to impose a prison sentence of up to 5 years. When determining the appropriate sentence, the Court will take into consideration the aggravating and mitigating factors of the offence. The Court will then identify an appropriate Category using the table below.

Offence CategoryStarting Point (Applicable to all offenders)Category Range (Applicable to all offenders)
Category 13 years’ custody2 years 6 months’ – 4 years’ custody
Category 21 year 6 months’ custody1 – 3 years’ custody
Category 3High level community orderLow level community order – 51 weeks’ custody

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Our top-rated criminal defence team understand that being prosecuted will have a devastating impact upon your career, future income and your professional profile. For that reason, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to scrutinising the evidence and planning a strong defence strategy.

It is important to appreciate that a conviction for Section 20 assault is likely to carry a custodial sentence and given that your liberty is at risk it is vital that you invest in appointing expert legal representation to enhance the chances of a successful outcome.

Our lawyers understand that being prosecuted can be a tough time and your case is a priority for us. Instructing our specialist best-rated criminal lawyers to represent you will give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome and we will fight your corner to win.

Our solicitors appreciate that if you are a public figure or sports personality, a criminal conviction or even investigation could potentially result in suspension from public office or cancellation of sponsorship/advertising deals. It is, therefore, crucial that you instruct a qualified and experienced criminal defence law firm that has previously represented many high-profile clients and professionals. This will provide you with the best chance of a not guilty verdict.

To contact one of our specialist private crime lawyers, phone us on 0345 222 9955 for an initial telephone case assessment and a no obligation fixed fee quotation. Or simply fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.

Funding a Criminal Prosecution

If you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution, you should seek out the very best lawyers to defend your case, so that you have the best chance of a successful outcome. Our solicitors and barristers are highly experienced and recognised nationally for successfully defending a significant number of high-profile criminal prosecutions throughout England and Wales.

As a specialist private funded criminal defence law firm, we represent clients that are in a financial position to fund their cases privately, as a result our clients do not usually qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid) and for that reason we do not undertake any work on Legal Aid.

Our Private Legal Defence Lawyers accept new cases on a Fixed Fee basis, ensuring that our clients know exactly how much their case will cost from the outset.

Private legal representation is not only reserved for the wealthy, many of our clients are ordinary people that require a robust defence team to provide them with the best chance of protecting their reputation and career. If you require more information on the cost of defending your case, speak to one of our solicitors for a free no obligation fee estimate.

Our Reputation

We are a Leading National Private Client Criminal Defence Law Firm, that frequently receives 5-star reviews and positive feedback from satisfied clients on Trustpilot, Google Reviews and Yell.

We are also recognised as a Best Rated law firm in Birmingham and Milton Keynes. This reputation has been developed by providing unrivalled expertise, practical advice, communication and robust court advocacy.

 

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