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Serious Assault Defence Solicitors
If you are facing allegations of committing a serious assault, we are here to help you. Our serious assault defence solicitors can provide the very best legal representation and advice right at the outset of your case, giving you the best chance of avoiding the significant penalties associated with this crime, including lengthy periods of imprisonment.
At JMW, our highly experienced serious assault solicitors have successfully defended many individuals facing allegations of serious violence. We are ranked as a top-tier crime firm by the Legal 500, as well as listed in Chambers and Partners, in recognition of our skill and expertise in these types of cases.
How JMW Can Help
Our team of serious assault solicitors will provide a first-class level of care to those facing these allegations, offering dedicated, thorough and bespoke legal guidance at every stage of the legal process.
Our services include:
- Providing legal advice and guidance during the investigative stage
- Offering legal support and consultation during an interview under caution
- Assisting post-charge in preparing cases for a court hearing (either at the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court)
- Reviewing the prosecution’s evidence
- Completing our own investigation and enquiries
- Building the strongest possible case for your defence
Our serious assault defence solicitors will provide assistance right from the beginning of your case, until the conclusion if court proceedings are commenced. Depending on the facts of your case, this may also include the instruction of a whole array of professional experts who may be able to provide evidence at court on your behalf.
We can also provide you with a legal opinion on the seriousness of the charges against you, which will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The level of injury caused by the assault
- Whether the assault is sustained or repeated
- Use of a weapon
- Whether or not others are involved in the offending behaviour and what role was taken by each participant
- The vulnerability of the subject of the assault
- The presence of alcohol or drugs
The most serious assaults are assessed in line with robust sentencing guidelines. As such, it is vital to seek representation from specialist serious assault solicitors to help avoid conviction or a custodial sentence. Our team will spend time assessing the facts of your case, and provide advice on the evidence and whether or not you have a defence to the allegations made against you.
If you choose to plead guilty to any offence, our serious assault solicitors will also be able to carefully analyse any mitigating factors in your case to help secure the best possible outcome for you.
Types of Serious Assault Penalties
UK assault law identifies the following types of assault:
- Common assault - a maximum six weeks’ custodial sentence
- Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) - a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment
- Racially aggravated assault occasioning ABH - a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment
- Unlawful wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) - a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment
- Racially aggravated unlawful wounding/inflicting GBH - a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment
- Wounding/causing GBH with intent - a maximum penalty of life imprisonment
- Attempted murder - a maximum of life imprisonment (further details found here)
If you have been accused of any of these offences, get in touch with our serious assault solicitors today for legal advice on the best approach to defending against the charge.
FAQs About Serious Assault Defence
What is actual bodily harm (ABH)?
ABH includes any harm calculated to interfere with the health or comfort of a victim, but this need not be permanent, for instance, scratches or bruises.
What is grievous bodily harm (GBH)?
GBH can be described as ‘really serious’ harm and typically includes broken bones, injuries that cause significant blood loss, disfigurement or loss of sensory function.
Will my case be heard in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court?
If you are charged with an allegation of common assault only, the matter will be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court.
If you are charged with any other form of assault, it is possible that the case may be heard in the Crown Court, depending on the seriousness of the allegation. Our expert team can provide tailored advice as to which is the best venue for your case.
For more information on the criminal justice process in the UK, visit this page.
Will I go to prison?
Although most of the offences can attract lengthy custodial sentences, the court has a wide range of sentencing powers available to them. With expert representation from our team, it could be argued that you should receive a far less severe penalty, such as a caution, fine, community order or suspended sentence.