Criminal lawyers for Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent

The offence of Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent is extremely serious. It carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. Although it is an offence that our criminal lawyers beat time and time again.

Grievous bodily harm is the most serious kind of injury a person can suffer short of death. It includes paraplegia, quadriplegia, and vegetative states. It also includes broken bones, disfigurement and other permanent injuries.

Intending to inflict grievous bodily harm is not easy to prove because a person who commits the offence must have intended to cause the victim really serious harm. That is the same intent required on a murder charge! Because the charge is so serious, it is not enough that an attacker wanted to hurt the victim and went too far, if the attacker did not intend to seriously harm the victim.

Our criminal lawyers can beat the charge of Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. They can do this by arguing lack of intent, that the injury is not serious enough to be considered grievous bodily harm and by raising self-defence.

How do I beat a charge of Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent?

You will be found not guilty of the offence of Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:

  1. You caused grievous bodily harm to any person. Grievous bodily harm is “really serious harm” and includes:
    • The destruction (other than in the course of a medical procedure) of the foetus of a pregnant woman, whether or not the woman suffers any other harm.
    • Any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person.
    • Any grievous bodily disease.
  2. With intent to cause grievous bodily harm to that or any other person.

Defences available include: self-defence.

Pleading guilty to Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent

If you committed the offence and the police can prove it, we want to get you a better result than anyone else. We will often negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts, or even a less serious charge, so that you get a lighter sentence.

Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment in the District Court. Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent is an extremely serious criminal offence. If you are charged with this offence you should contact our office immediately.

You can read about all the sentencing options that a court has, including about not having a conviction recorded here.

Do I need references?

We believe references are an extremely important part of a plea of guilty in court. To find out more about how to write a good reference, click here.

Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?

Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent offences. A good lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and no criminal record and freedom or jail. To read more about Australian Criminal Law Group, click here.

To discuss your charge of Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, call Australian Criminal Law Group at our Sydney, Parramatta, and Blacktown offices or make a website inquiry today.

Case study

Australian Criminal Law Group represented a man charged with Inflicting grievous bodily harm to person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. It was alleged that following an argument over a mobile phone, our client had attacked a housemate in bed with a hammer splitting open his head. At the time of the ‘attack’ only our client and the alleged victim were home. Criminal lawyer Deng Adut ran a self-defence argument. He argued it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that our client was not acting in self-defence. It was argued the injuries to the alleged victim were caused by a self-imposed blow from the claw of the hammer while our client was being attacked and trying to defend himself. The Jury only took a few hours to acquit our client. Some even smiled and waved as he bowed to thank them for their not guilty verdict.

Case study

Australian Criminal Law Group represented a person charged with Inflicting grievous bodily harm to a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after she stabbed her boyfriend. Criminal lawyer Joe Correy negotiated with the Director of Public Prosecutions for the charge to be withdrawn. They replaced with the offence of Reckless wounding and for the matter to be dealt with in the Local Court. The facts were changed to reflect that the defendant was assaulted prior to the stabbing. The knife made contact with the victim recklessly but to such a degree that the Magistrate observed it sounded like an accident. In the end the client went from facing a jail sentence if found guilty to having no conviction recorded by the Magistrate.

Case study

Mr Harb represented a man charged with grievous bodily harm after throwing a glass and striking a police officer during a brawl. Mr Harb was able to negotiate the charge to reckless wounding, a significantly less serious charge. Mr Harb presented a strong case on sentence and his client received a good behaviour bond.

Case study

Australian Criminal Law Group represented a person charged with robbery in company inflicting grievous bodily harm and intentionally inflict grievous bodily harm. Both offences carry a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. He had a substantial criminal record and was facing many years in jail if sentenced for those charges. The Crown prosecutor was convinced to accept a plea of guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm. The client received a 2-year sentence with a 12-month non-parole period.

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