Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm
Are you being charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm? Professional Defence Lawyers are experts regarding Actual Bodily Harm cases and defence.
Actual Bodily Harm
Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm is an offence under section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act. This provides that a person is guilty of an offence if any assault results in injury causing actual bodily harm.
The definition of Assault is quite wide. This usually involves people who have been involved in some form of fighting or altercation. It does not happen to be just kicks or punches at camp for example, but can include any injury caused by a person to another.
Actual Bodily Harm Penalties
If a person is guilty of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm the powers of the court are wide. The courts can impose a period of imprisonment, which in the Crown Court can be up to 5 years. Alternatively the courts will impose a fine, a community order or a suspended prison sentence.
The reality is that in the majority of assault cases a prison sentence is not imposed. This is especially the case if the defendant has no previous convictions, the offence was not premeditated and there are no aggravating features such as kicking an individual whilst they are on the ground.
Because the offence is serious and the consequences potentially so serious to the defendant, it is vital that high level specialist experienced defence lawyers represent the defendant charged in such circumstances.
Actual Bodily Harm Defence
At Professional Defence Lawyers you will only be advised by a solicitor with at least 20 years experience regarding Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. At court you will be represented by the by a solicitor or barrister of the appropriate level of experience and knowledge.
There are certain circumstances where the law actually permits an individual to cause harm to another person without that amounting to a criminal offence.
This will usually include situations where a person has been acting in self defence. The law does allow a person to use reasonable force to defend himself from an actual assault or from an anticipated assault.
Very often injury can be caused to somebody else by accident. If the court accepts this it may find you not guilty of assault.
Finally, we come across a large number of situations where the assault just did not take place in the first place. For a number of reasons people will very often make up a claim that they have been injured by somebody else.
Contact Professional Defence Lawyers
We are expert solicitors regarding Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. We have been practicing in this field for over 20 years now, so please don’t hesitate to contact us free on 0800 634 7022 today to discuss your case.