GBH Section 20

Here at Professional Defence Lawyers we are experienced in advising and defending GBH Section 20 cases. Where an assault has taken place which has caused a far more serious injury then a person will face a prosecution for wounding causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).

What is considered Grievous Bodily Harm?

There are two specific offences as follows regarding GBH Section 20:

  • Wounding causing grievous bodily harm with the intent
  • Wounding causing grievous bodily harm with no specific intent to cause grievous harm

These are more serious assaults where a more serious injury has been caused which will usually involve cuts and broken bones or other serious physical harm.

GBH Section 20 Sentencing

Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm in (GBH) is an offence at the more serious end of the scale and can only be dealt with at the Crown Court.

The sentencing powers in cases of this nature are far higher. With regard to grievous bodily harm (without intent) this is a charge that can be dealt with either at the Magistrate’s Court or the Crown Court depending upon the level of seriousness of the offence.

GBH Section 20 Lawyers

These are serious allegations that will almost always be heard at the Crown Court. As part of your specialist defence team in charges of this nature not only will you be advised and represented by a very senior solicitor but you will be represented at court by specialist and experienced defence barristers who will be dedicated to protecting your best interests.

Defences to GBH Section 20

As with assault charges there can be a number of defences available in GBH cases.

These will nearly always relate to self defence where the injury caused to another person has been caused by the defendant but in the act of defending themselves. As well as whether or not the injuries were actually caused by the defendant, very often the main issue in the case is whether the defendant had used force which was reasonable.

If the court feels that the force was reasonable then a not guilty verdict may be expected. If on the other hand the court feels that the force used in self defence was excessive and the injuries caused not proportionate, then the court may find that a person has been guilty of causing GBH.

Contact Professional Defence Lawyers Today

We are expert solicitors acting for the defence in proceedings for GBH Section 20. 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.

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