If you are reckless and cause Grievous Bodily Harm (“GBH”) or wounding to another person which has left the victim with a serious injury or wound then you may face a charge of reckless grievous bodily harm or wounding.
GBH or wounding include:
Section 35 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) provides that
Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) – ‘A person who: causes Grievous Bodily Harm to any person, and is Reckless as to causing Actual Bodily Harm to that or any other person, is guilty of an offence - Maximum penalty: Imprisonment 10 years’.
GBH “in company” - Maximum penalty: Imprisonment 14 years.
Reckless wounding – ‘A person who wounds any person, and is reckless as to causing actual bodily harm to that or any other person, is guilty of an offence - Maximum penalty--Imprisonment for 7 years’.
Wounding ‘in company’ - Maximum penalty--Imprisonment for 10 years.
Reckless grievous bodily harm can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Reckless wounding can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 7 years.
Reckless grievous bodily harm or wounding “in company” can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 14 years
Please note that the penalties mentioned are reserved for the worse case offending and are unlikely to be the penalty you receive.
In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a Wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent charge.
Since Reckless grievous bodily harm or wounding is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution. The prosecution must prove the Accused’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
For the ‘in company’ the added fact of someone was in your company also needs to be proven, not just in the vicinity but participating even if only by encouragement.
Some defences available for those charged with Reckless grievous bodily harm or wounding can include:
For using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, Rep-Revive Criminal & Employment Lawyers® offers the following options:
1. We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.
2. At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal & Employment Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.
3. Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal & Employment Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.
4. Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal & Employment Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.
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