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Wounding or 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. 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 Wounding or 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 causing grievous bodily harm with intent?  

In order to be found guilty of the offence, Police must prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was intent to cause serious bodily harm.  You will found not guilty of the offence of Wounding with intent to cause bodily harm if they cannot.

  1. You wounded any person. Wounding involving the breaking or cutting of the interior layer of the skin (dermis) and the breaking of the outer layer (epidermis) is not sufficient.
  2. With intent to cause grievous bodily harm to that or any other 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; and
    • Any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person; and
    • Any grievous bodily disease.

Defences available include: self-defence.

Pleading guilty to Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

If you plead guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent we want to get the best result possible for you.   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. Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is an extremely serious criminal offence. Contact our office immediately if charged with wounding with intent or causing grievous bodily harm with intent. 

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

Do I need references?

We believe references are an extremely important part of a plea of guilty in court.  Find out more about how to write a good reference.

Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?

Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm offences. For these 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 Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, 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 two counts of  Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  The defendant stabbed 3 people in a park.  He had been assaulted himself just prior to that.   After getting him bail in the Supreme Court, we negotiated pleas of guilty to charges of reckless wounding instead of Wounding with intent to cause bodily harm.  Sentencing took place in the local court.  The magistrate issued an Intensive Correction order without goal time. 

Case study

Australian Criminal Law Group represented a young man charged with Wounding with intent to cause bodily harm.  He had stabbed his step-father in the neck with a pair of scissors.  Criminal lawyer Joe Correy argued that the act was impulsive in response to a domestic argument and that the young man had not intended to seriously harm his stepfather. The police accepted a reckless wounding charge and our client received a good behaviour bond.

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.  He also presented a strong case on sentence and his client received a good behaviour bond.

Case study

Australian Criminal law Group appealed the sentence of a client who had been originally charged with Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. In the company of another person he had slashed a person’s face with a box cutter. On appeal, which was to a reckless wounding after negotiations with the DPP, it was argued the act of slashing at the victim was excessive self-defence. The Judge agreed and our client was released from jail that day.

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