Specialist London Solicitors in Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) cases
At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH). Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.
Grievous Bodily Harm is a serious violent offence. It is the highest form of assault and is one step away from Murder or Manslaughter. There are two types of GBH offences, these are governed by sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The distinction between the two sections is the requirement of specific intent for section 18. Specific intent include: a repeated or planned attack, deliberate selection of a weapon or adaptation of an article to cause injury such as breaking a glass before an attack, making prior threats or using an offensive weapon against, or kicking the victim's head.
Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) Section 18
Section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 states:
Whosoever shall unlawfully and maliciously by any means whatsoever wound or cause any grievous bodily harm to any person,…with intent,…to do some…grievous bodily harm to any person, or with intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer of any person, shall be guilty of felony, and being convicted thereof shall be liable…to be kept in penal servitude for life.
Sentencing guidelines Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) section 18
Maximum Sentence: Life imprisonment
Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) Section 20
Section 20 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 states:
Whosoever shall unlawfully and maliciously wound or inflict any grievous bodily harm upon any other person, either with or without any weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable…to be kept in penal servitude.
Sentencing guidelines for Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) section 20
Maximum Sentence: 5 years imprisonment