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Assault


At IMS Law we have a team of specialist solicitors who have a great deal of knowledge in these cases. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and we have an extensive amount of experience surrounding this type of criminal law.

Assault can cover a wide variety of criminal offences. Ranging from common assault to GBH (Grevious Bodily Harm).

Common Assault

This is the least serious of the offence allegations and can only be heard in the Magistrates court. This specific type of assault doesn’t tend to involve physical contact, merely making a person fear immediate physical violence is enough.

If a person is guilty of assault occasion in 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.

Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)

Grievously Bodily Harm, Section 18 and Section 20 Assault, means “really serious bodily harm”.

To be found guilty of a Section 18 GBH offence the defendant must have had intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Section 18 assaults are always dealt with by the Crown Court and can result in a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Section 20 still falls under the GBH section but is a less serious offence than a Section 18 GBH assault. A Section 20 assault can be tried in either the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment.

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