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Assault and Battery Allegations

Here at Gray and Co Solicitors we deal with all types of assault allegations from the minor offences such as Common Assault to the more serious allegations such as Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).  We have extensive experience of representing defendants in assault cases and can provide you with the legal advice and support in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts to get the best results for your individual circumstances. Below you will find details of the assault and battery charges we cover and how we can help you.

Common Assault – Section 39 of Criminal Justice Act 1988

Common assault is the least serious of assault charges as no actual physical contact needs to occur to be found guilty of this offence. There just needs to be proof that the defendant caused the victim to fear that immediate physical violence would be used against them. Click here to read more.

Actual Bodily Harm – Section 47 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861

An ABH offence is committed when the defendant physically assaults the victim. Bodily harm refers to any harm caused to the victim which interferes with their health/comfort. Although the harm needn’t be permanent it must be more than transient. Click here to read more.

Grievous Bodily Harm without Intent – Section 20 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861

Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) is more serious than ABH carrying a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment/unlimited fine (7 years if racially aggravated). In order to be convicted of a Section 20 GBH, there must be proof that the defendant caused the victim serious harm. If the term “wounding” has been mentioned in your case it’s likely you’ll be charged with Grievous Bodily Harm as opposed to Actual Bodily Harm. Click here to read more.

Grievous Bodily Harm with intent – Section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861

Section 18 GBH is the most serious form of assault and is also known as “wounding with intent”. It differs from section 20 in the sense that there must be proof the defendant intended to cause serious harm to the victim. An example of this would be if the defendant left their house in possession of a sharp knife and went straight to the victim’s house and proceeded to stab the victim. Click here to read more.

Here at Gray and Co Solicitors we can provide expert advice, support and representation for those under assault allegations.

We understand just how difficult a time it can be for your family when dealing with assault allegations and can help you to achieve the best possible result for your case. Simply give us a call on 01244 344 299 or use our online contact form for confidential legal advice.

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