s.20, GBH, Unlawful Wounding
Causing grievous bodily harm is a very serious type of assault, where a client is accused of unlawfully assaulting the victim, and causing them very serious injuries. This is very similar to s.18 wounding with intent, but is not as serious as there is no intention to cause the serious injuries.
If you are accused of s.20 wounding, the Court needs to be sure that you have unlawfully assaulting the victim and either wounding them or inflicting serious injuries. The Prosecution will have to produce medical evidence about the injuries, and to prove that the injuries were caused by the suspect.
Even if injuries have been caused in an incident, it does not mean the person has committed an offence. For example, if someone has acted in self defence they will not be guilty of an unlawful assault. Alternatively, there are cases where the defendant has been in a fight with the victim, but they did not cause the serious injuries and so are not guilty of GBH.
s.20 GBH is an either way offence, which means that it can be dealt with in either the Magistrates Court or Crown Court, depending on how serious the case is. It is very rare that the Magistrates Court would deal with this charge though, and nearly all s.20 GBH cases are dealt with by the Crown Court. This makes it even more important that you are represented by a solicitor and barrister who can explain the best way to present your case, and who will act in your best interests.
Stephen Lickrish & Associates have represented clients for s.20 GBH at Crown Courts throughout the Greater Manchester area as well as all over the country, and have the perfect team of solicitors or barristers to make sure you have the best advice for your individual case. If you, or someone you know, are accused of this offence, contact us to see how we can help you.
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Unlawful Wounding Solicitors in Manchester, London, Birmingham, England & Wales
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