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These are classed as offences against the person and are considered serious crimes.
For many years Rawlings Criminal Law has provided strong, effective and passionate representation to individuals on the Gold Coast facing assault charges and violence related charges. The cases managed have been wide in range and seriousness and have included common assault, wounding, and grievous bodily harm.
All forms of assault involve causing physical or mental harm to another person. This may include touching, hitting, or applying force of any kind to a person without their consent.
You do not have to hit someone to be charged with assault; touching or just threatening them can still be classed as assault.
Different types of assault charges have different penalties depending on the seriousness. The more serious the assault and or injuries to the victim, the more severe the penalty that may be imposed to the assault charges.
In order to prove that an offence of common assault has been committed the prosecution must satisfy the court beyond a reasonable doubt the following:
There are a number of defences available to a charge of Common Assault. These include but are not limited to:
Common assault is the most frequent assault charge for minor assault matters heard in Queensland courts and on the Gold Coast. It may result from a person being threatened or receiving minor injuries as a result of a dispute.
For example, you could be charged with common assault if you get into a late-night scuffle at a pub, even if no one is seriously harmed.
The maximum penalty for common assault is 3 years in prison.
This more serious form of assault is when the person attacked suffers injuries which interfere with their health or comfort (i.e. they need hospital treatment or time off work as a result of the attack).
The maximum sentence for assault occasioning bodily harm is 7 years in jail however, if there is aggravation involved in the assault — for example the offender has a weapon, pretends to have a weapon or the assault is made by more than one person — the maximum sentence increases to 10 years.
Wounding is breaking or penetrating the skin, which usually results in bleeding. Like assault occasioning bodily harm, it carries a sentence of up to 7 years in jail.
Grievous bodily harm is a very serious form of assault where the person attacked receives:
If you commit grievous bodily harm you can be sentenced to up to 14 years in jail.
With grievous bodily harm, the prosecution need not prove that the accused intended to do GBH to the victim. A court only needs to be satisfied that the accused unlawfully caused the GBH suffered by the victim. The causation issue is sometimes a matter of dispute in a trial.
So, for example where the accused has pushed the victim and the victim has then fallen and suffered a head injury which constitutes GBH, a jury would need to consider whether the push caused the head injury.
Rawlings Criminal Law is committed to providing professional, quality advice and representation to people on the Gold Coast facing stressful predicaments in their lives. We are thorough in the consideration of the evidence and its admissibility and dedicated to our client’s cases.
Assault and violence related charges are serious matters and carry tough penalties upon conviction. We will fight to protect your interests. If you have been charged with a violence-related offence then contact us immediately.
Rawlings Law is based in Southport on the Gold Coast. Our experienced defence lawyers will help you fight your assault charges.
Our key function as your defence is to argue against the prosecutor’s submissions by presenting your information in a meaningful, relevant, legally admissible, and persuasive way.
In building our strongest application for you to be granted bail, we will design and structure your submission so that: