The Offences Against the Persons Act 1861, (‘the Act’) created offences involving wounding and causing grievous bodily harm.
Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors is regularly instructed to represent clients accused of such offences and outlines sections of the Act detailing the offences and the potential consequences upon conviction for committing such offences.
Our team is led by Hamraj Kang who is recognised as a leading expert in the field of criminal law. He is ranked in the top tier by both the leading directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
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Offences Created By The Act | Kangs Serious Crime Defence Solicitors
- Section 18: Shooting or attempting to shoot, or wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
‘Whosoever shall unlawfully and maliciously by any means whatsoever wound or cause any grievous bodily harm to any person, with intent, to do some grievous bodily harm to any person, or with intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer of any person, shall be guilty of felony, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to be kept in penal servitude for life.’
- Section 20: Inflicting bodily injury, with or without weapon.
‘Whosoever shall unlawfully and maliciously wound or inflict any grievous bodily harm upon any other person, either with or without any weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to be kept in penal servitude.’
- Section 47:Assault occasioning bodily harm.
‘Whosoever shall be convicted upon an indictment of any assault occasioning actual bodily harm shall be liable to be kept in penal servitude’.
Penalties Upon Conviction | Kangs Wounding Offences Defence Solicitors
Prosecutions for offences under Sections 20 & 47 of the Act may be conducted either in a Magistrates’ Court or a Crown Court and conviction may result, before:
- a Magistrates’ Court:
in a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment, a fine to the statutory maximum, or both.
- a Crown Court:
in a fine, imprisonment for a period ranging up to five years, or both.
A prosecution for an offence under Section 18 can only take place before a Crown Court where a conviction will attract a term of imprisonment, the length of which will depend on the seriousness of the offence and which may even be for life.
Who Can I Contact for Advice & Help? | Kangs Offences Against The Person Defence Solicitors
If you have been, or anticipate being, contacted by any law enforcement agency or if any of the issues raised above concern or may affect you, it is essential that you seek early advice.
We can explain your rights to you and provide you with guidance on any likely future action.
We assist and advise our clients in a variety of ways:
- before any arrests are made,
- in all matters concerning violent offences,
- at interviews under caution,
- ascertaining from the Police / CPS whether or not any mitigation may be presented in order to avoid prosecution or court trial,
- providing representation before all criminal courts,
- selecting and instructing the most suitable barristers, including leading QCs.
If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our team through any of the following: