Assault and Battery Allegations
Grievous bodily harm and wounding are covered in sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Sections 18 and 20 carry different maximum sentences, with section 18 being the considerably more serious of the two.
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.
There are two different counts of GBH, Section 20 and Section 18 with Section 20 being the less serious of the two offences. Section 20 is Grievous Bodily Harm (also known as wounding without intent) in which the defendant didn’t specifically intend to cause that much damage. Section 20 cases can be heard in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts.
GBH is one of the more serious assault offences; if you require legal representation in court then we have the experience and specialist knowledge to help you get the best result. Simply give one of our solicitors a call or send us an online message using our contact form at the top of the page.
If you require legal advice/representation for Grievous Bodily Harm offences then contact one of our friendly team today by using our contact form above or calling [phone].
For further information on GBH, including the difference between section 20 and section 18, you can read our guide on this page.
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