Offences Against The Person

Grievous Bodily Harm

Ashmans Solicitors specialises in handling grievous bodily harm (GBH) cases, a severe offence under the category of crimes against the person. If you find yourself being questioned or charged with GBH, understanding the gravity of the situation and its potential impact on your life and your family is crucial. The severity of the offence could lead to significant prison time if convicted.
In such circumstances, having a robust defence team is essential. Our experts offer the best possible advice from the outset, which could lead to a reduction of charges, depending on factors like the severity of injuries and intent.

If you’re being questioned by the police regarding a GBH charge, remember you have the right to free legal advice. For urgent representation, contact us at 03330 096 275.

What Is a GBH Charge

A GBH charge refers to a “Grievous Bodily Harm” charge, a serious criminal offence under the law in many jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom. This charge is typically used in cases where a person is accused of causing severe injury to another person. The critical aspects of a GBH charge include:

  1. Severity of Injury: The injury inflicted must be severe. This could include life-threatening injuries, permanent disability, or severe disfigurement.
  2. Intent: GBH charges often consider the intent behind the act. It can be categorised into two main types:
    • Section 18 GBH (also known as “wounding with intent” or “GBH with intent”): This is the more serious form and involves cases where there is an intention to cause serious harm. It is a specific intent crime, meaning the prosecution must prove that the accused intended to cause serious injury.
    • Section 20 GBH: This is a less serious form and involves cases where serious harm was inflicted, but there was no intention to cause such serious injury. It is considered a crime of “reckless” rather than “intentional” harm.
  1. Legal Consequences: The penalties for a GBH conviction can be severe, including lengthy prison sentences. The exact penalty often depends on the specifics of the case, such as the degree of injury caused and the intent behind the act.
  2. Legal Process: Being charged with GBH is a serious matter and typically involves a complex legal process. It is crucial for someone charged with GBH to seek legal representation due to the gravity of the charge and the potential consequences.

In summary, a GBH charge is a serious legal accusation related to causing severe bodily harm to another person, and it carries significant legal repercussions.

Why Choose Ashmans Solicitors?

Our team, comprising barristers and case handlers, brings a wealth of experience to thoroughly review your case, identifying any aspects that could be leveraged to mitigate the charges. With years of experience in GBH cases, we provide clear, informed advice about the charges and potential outcomes.
We understand concerns about legal costs. While we accept clients eligible for legal aid, we recognize that many still need to qualify due to means testing. We offer various funding options for those not eligible, including fixed or capped fees, and our hourly rates are highly competitive. We ensure complete transparency about the costs involved in your case.

Ashmans Solicitors provide legal defence to people subject to a grievous bodily harm charge in London


Section 18 & 20 source CPS.Gov.UK

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