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Assault Solicitors

Allegations of assault can come in a variety of different forms, which makes it a very complex area of law.

We recommend contacting our specialist assault solicitors immediately should you be facing an accusation so that you understand the implications of your case.

London: 020 3051 5060
Belfast: 028 9002 2371

To arrange a callback at a time that suits you, please click here.

Types of Assault

Some of the most common types of assault are:

  • Grevious Bodily Harm (GBH)
  • Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)
  • Common Assault

The severity of the sentence for an assault depends mainly on 3 factors:

  • Injuries that have been inflicted
  • The level of intent and foresight
  • The motivation for the offence

What is GBH?

GBH is an assault where the victim has suffered injuries that have put their health at risk and therefore is seen as the most serious form.

Examples of GBH:

  • Physical – the victim is wounded
  • Psychological – the victim is made fearful or paranoid
  • Biological – a disease is spread to the victim

The sentencing for GBH can be a maximum of life imprisonment if there was intent in the assault. Less serious offences, ‘wounding without intent’, have a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.

What is ABH?

ABH is an assault that is less severe than GBH, but the victim is still injured whether that be intentionally or recklessly.

The maximum sentence for Actual Bodily Harm is 5 years imprisonment but many cases, especially for defendants with no previous convictions, lead to no prison sentencing. Community orders are quite common sentences in these instances.

What to do if Accused of Assault?

If you are accused of any type of assault, call our specialist assault solicitors today! We will ensure that you fully understand the severity and implications of your individual case and keep you fully informed as to what will happen next.

We will devise a strategy that involves inspecting all the forensics/medical evidence, issues with mistaken identity and establishing whether self-defence is available.

Our criminal defence team have over 50 years experience in dealing with assaults of all variations. You can depend on us to protect your best interests and to mount an expert, pro-active defence.

Call us today for an initial discussion with no obligation:
London: 020 3051 5060
Belfast: 028 9002 2371

Please fill out the below enquiry form if you wish to request a callback from one of our solicitors.

We Cover: 

  • Grevious Bodily Harm (GBH)
  • Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)
  • Common Assault
  • Affray and Public Order Act offences
  • Assault with intent to resist arrest
  • Assault on a police constable






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