Our top defence team provides the strongest possible defence to all types of assault charges – from common assault to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
We have successfully defended thousands of clients charged with various types of assaults for well over a decade.
We will accurately advise you about your options, any available defences and the likely result.
Pleading Not Guilty
If you wish to plead ‘not guilty’, we will use our vast experience to fight for the withdrawal of your charges.
We can do this by writing to the prosecution and formally requesting withdrawal on the basis that:
- You have a valid defence such as self-defence, duress, necessity or lawful correction; and/or
- They cannot prove the case against you because a ‘necessary element’ of the offence is missing; for example, where they cannot sufficiently prove:
- ‘actual bodily harm’ in ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ cases, or
- ‘recklessness’ in ‘reckless wounding or GBH’ cases, or
- ‘intent’ in ‘wound or cause GBH with intent cases, or
- that a police officer was acting ‘in the execution of duty’ in ‘assault police cases’.
If your case nevertheless proceeds to a ‘defended hearing’ or ‘jury trial’, you can rest assured that a Senior Criminal Lawyer will fight to prove your innocence in Court.
If you wish to plead ‘guilty’, our assault lawyers will fight get you the best possible result in the shortest possible time.
We can do this by:
- Persuading police to accept less serious assault charges (e.g. ‘common assault’ rather than ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’), or even to withdraw all charges and accept an A.V.O.-only;
- Persuading police to delete or amend certain parts of their ‘full facts’ (which are the allegations contained in the police papers). For example, we can ask police to delete words such as ‘… the accused then punched the victim to the head’ and to replace them with words such as ‘the accused then pushed the victim’. This can make your case much less serious;
- Preparing your ‘sentencing’ thoroughly and guaranteeing that a Senior Criminal Lawyer will represent you in court. This will maximise your chances of getting the most lenient penalty, including avoiding a recorded conviction where possible.
Can I avoid a criminal conviction for assault?