Grievous bodily harm or GBH is a serious criminal offence in Queensland, Australia. Listed under section 320 of the Criminal Code 1899, Grievous Bodily Harm is deemed an offence where the assault of another person that has caused severe, life-threatening and/or permanent injuries has taken place.
Defining Grievous Bodily Harm
According to section 1 of the Criminal Code, "grievous bodily harm" means the loss of a distinct part or an organ of the body, serious disfigurement, or any bodily injury of such a nature that, if left untreated, would endanger or be likely to endanger life or cause or be likely to cause permanent injury to health, whether or not treatment is or could have been available.
How Can It Be Proven
To prove a charge of grievous bodily harm, the prosecution must establish beyond reasonable doubt that:
the defendant is the person who committed the alleged offence,
the act committed by the defendant was the leading cause of the injury,
the extent of the injury ties with the defining elements of "grievous bodily harm"; and
the act is unlawful.
A criminal lawyer will meticulously analyse each specific element of the situation to assess the possible outcomes.
Penalties for Grievous Bodily Harm
The maximum penalty for the offence of unlawful grievous bodily harm is 14 years of imprisonment.
Depending on the situation at hand, additional penalties may be issued.
If You’re Charged with Grievous Bodily Harm
Grievous bodily harm charges are serious criminal offences in Queensland that could result in a maximum penalty of 14 years of imprisonment.
To prove such charges, the prosecution must establish that:
the defendant committed the alleged offence;
the act caused the injury; and
the injury meets the definition of "grievous bodily harm."
Seeking legal representation is essential to navigate the legal process and achieve the best possible outcome.
Seeking Legal Representation
If you are facing a charge of grievous bodily harm, it is crucial to seek legal representation as soon as possible.
Contact Creevey Horrell Criminal Lawyers
Based in Brisbane, Roma, Toowoomba and Townsville.