Actual Bodily Harm Defence

Actual Bodily Harm Defence

This 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.

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.

Which Court?

Charges of Actual Bodily Harm can be dealt with in either the Magistrate's Court or the Crown Court. Cases of a less serious nature are generally dealt with before the Magistrate’s court. If the case is more serious it may end up being dealt with by a judge and jury at the Crown Court.

Our Lawyers

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.

At Professional Defence Lawyers you will only be advised by a solicitor with at least 20 years experience regarding Actual Bodily Harm. At court you will be represented by the by a solicitor or barrister of the appropriate level of experience and knowledge.

Contact Professional Defence Lawyers

We are expert solicitors regarding Actual Bodily Harm Defence. 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.

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Rob BimpsonProfessional Defence Lawyers is a dedicated defence firm of specialist Lawyers headed by Rob Bimpson and Tim Chapman. Both are Solicitors who have been qualified for over 20 years.

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