Criminal Lawyers for Intentionally causing grievous bodily harm or wounding – s 33 Crimes Act 1900


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Intentionally causing grievous bodily harm or wounding is a serious offence that can have a negative impact on your life and future.

However, with Sydney’s best criminal lawyers on your side, you can give yourself the strongest possible defence against the charges and secure the best outcome in your case.

Your Options

Pleading Not Guilty

To be found guilty of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm or wounding, the prosecution must prove two factors beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • That you caused a wound, or inflicted grievous bodily harm upon another person
  • You did so intentionally

A wound is generally defined as an injury that results when both layers of the skin are broken; for example, a deep cut or a split lip.

Grievous bodily harm is defined as ‘really serious harm’ – including permanent and serious disfigurement. Examples include broken bones, damage to internal organs, or the killing of a foetus.

If you feel that the prosecution will not be able to make out these factors, you may wish to consider pleading ‘not guilty’ and allowing our exceptional advocates to fight the charges in court.

We have a proven track record of getting charges dropped in serious assault charges by highlighting problems with the prosecution case and presenting evidence to prove our clients’ innocence – such as where the injury was not done intentionally.

Our highly-respected lawyers can also identify any possible defences to your conduct, and can assist you in raising these defences persuasively in court to ensure that you get the best possible chance of securing a positive outcome in your case.

Commonly raised defences for ‘intentionally causing grievous bodily harm and wounding’ include:

  • Where you were acting to protect yourself, another person, or your property (self-defence)
  • Where you were threatened or coerced into wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm upon another person (duress)
  • Where it was necessary to prevent serious injury or danger (necessity)

If raised successfully, these defences will result in a finding of ‘not guilty.’

Pleading Guilty

If you are willing to admit to the charges, you may wish to enter a plea of guilty as soon as possible.

By entering an early guilty plea, you may increase your chances of getting a more favourable outcome as you will show the court that you have accepted responsibility for your actions. Accordingly, the judge may impose a lighter penalty.

However, if you are thinking about pleading guilty, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defence lawyer to ensure that there are no available defences that you may raise.

If there exist defences to the charge and they are raised successfully, you may avoid a conviction.

If you are considering pleading guilty, it is also important to be aware of the maximum penalties that you may face.

The maximum penalty for intentionally causing grievous bodily harm or wounding is 25 years imprisonment, however, this is the maximum and will only apply in the most serious of cases.

The judge will determine the appropriate penalty after considering all the facts and circumstances of your case.

It is therefore important to ensure that you are being represented by a highly-experienced and reputable criminal lawyer who you can trust to present your case effectively to secure a positive outcome.

The experts at Sydney Criminal Lawyers have considerable experience defending and winning some of the most serious ‘intentionally cause grievous bodily harm or wounding’ cases.

As a firm that exclusively practices criminal law, we have the in-depth knowledge and experience necessary to give our clients the best possible representation when it comes to persuading the court to deal with the matter leniently.

Over time, we have developed tried and tested techniques to give our clients the best possible chance at securing a positive outcome.

When it comes to your liberty, don’t take a gamble with a less experienced lawyer. Benefit from the experience of our Accredited Criminal Law Specialists.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm or wounding can turn your life upside down, putting a hold on your plans for the future.

However, with the help of Sydney’s best criminal defence team, you can secure a positive outcome in your grievous bodily harm or wounding case.

Our dedicated lawyers will fight for you every step of the way – from explaining the charges to you, to examining all the evidence and advising you of any possible defences that you may raise.

In many cases, we are able to have the charges dropped before the matter ends up in court – saving our clients the stress of an expensive trial.

If the prosecution refuses to drop the charges and your matter proceeds to court, you will be guaranteed representation by one of our senior lawyers – Accredited Criminal Law Specialists who possess the in-depth knowledge and experience to ensure that you get the best outcome in your case.

In many cases, we have been able to have legal costs awarded in favour of our clients where they have been wrongly accused of an offence.

Our highly-respected advocates appear regularly in these types of matters and are best placed to fight for your rights.

When your freedom is at stake, you need the best possible defence. So call us today on
(02) 9261 8881 to book a FREE first consultation
to discuss your matter with Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

What Does the Law Say About Intentionally Causing Grievous Bodily Harm/Wounding?

It can be difficult to digest complex legal terminology and concepts, so we have included some additional information below to help you understand what how a charge of intentionally wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm can affect your life.

What does the prosecution need to prove?

Before you can be found guilty of recklessly wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm, the prosecution must prove two things beyond a reasonable doubt:

1) That you caused a wound, or inflicted grievous bodily harm upon another person

A wound is generally defined as an injury that results when both layers of the skin are broken; for example, a deep cut or a split lip.

Grievous bodily harm is defined as ‘really serious harm’ – including permanent and serious disfigurement. Examples include broken bones, damage to internal organs, or the killing of a foetus.

2) That you did so intentionally

The prosecution must prove that you intended to inflict grievous bodily harm upon the other person. This means that you must have foreseen that your actions would have resulted in the extent of harm that was suffered by the other person.

In some cases, it can be difficult for the prosecution to prove intention, particularly if you were intoxicated when the offence was committed. In these situations, your lawyer can try to get the charge withdrawn and replaced with ‘recklessly causing wounding or grievous bodily harm,’ which carries lesser penalties.

What penalties could I face?

Although the maximum penalty is 25 years imprisonment, this will generally only be reserved for the most serious of cases.

The type of penalty that you will receive ultimately depends on the facts and circumstances of your case. This means that the court will consider any relevant factors when determining the appropriate penalty, including the degree of violence used, and the nature and extent of injury caused.

The court will also have regard to other factors, such as your prior criminal record, whether or not you have demonstrated remorse (whether or not you have shown that you are sorry) and whether you have high chances of reoffending.

Statistics indicate that the most common penalty for intentionally wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm is imprisonment, with the median term being 66 months, with a non-parole period of 36 months. This means that the average time actually spent in gaol for this offence is 36 months.

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