What is the charge – Grievous bodily harm?
Recklessly Cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) means that a person is guilty of an offence if they recklessly wound or cause grievous bodily harm to another person.
What are the possible penalties?
The maximum penalties can vary from 7 years to 14 years imprisonment and the sentence will depend on whether the charge is for recklessly wounding (7 years), recklessly wounding in company (10 years), recklessly causing grievous bodily harm (10 years) or for recklessly causing grievous bodily harm with others (14 years).
Other forms of penalties include fines, good behaviour bonds, community service orders, suspended sentence, periodic detention or an intensive correction order.
In the Local Court, if the case is considered to be a mid range offence, the Court could impose a suspended sentence with supervision for a period of three years.
In the District Court the most common penalty is imprisonment for a period of three years.
What are the possible defences?
There are generally defences to this charge involving self-defence, duress and necessity. Self-defence is the most common defence and this includes issues such as whether the person charged believes the conduct was necessary to protect themselves.
If you find yourself charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm then we are well placed to help you and you should contact us as soon as you can. A well constructed defence is your best chance of avoiding any penalties associated with this charge. We can provide that defence.