There are many forms of assault that can lead to both criminal and civil cases being brought against you. At 23 Essex Street, we have barristers that have dealt with every kind of assault. Whether you have been accused of kidnapping or domestic violence, GBH or common assault, you should seek the best legal representation. If you pleading not guilty we will make sure you receive a fair trial. If you are pleading guilty, we can help you to explain what happened and why, so your punishment is not unduly harsh.
GBH and ABH
Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) are both forms of assault that involve causing injury to another person. ABH is less serious, and will be charged when the injuries are less severe. GBH will be charged where the injuries are more severe. It is an extremely serious crime, if prosecuted under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. It is rather less serious if it is prosecuted under section 20 of the same Act. If you are charged with one of the GBH offences, your barrister will be able to advise you on whether you are facing the right charge, or whether it may be possible to reduce the seriousness of the charge you face,.
We have probably all witnessed “road rage” at some point. Sometimes drivers and other road users get angry with each other, and it need not lead to criminal charges. However, sometimes it leads to a serious argument or violence and the police may be called. If you have been charged with an offence that arose out of an argument on the road, it may be the first time you have faced criminal prosecution. A barrister from 23 Essex Street can help you understand the process, and ensure you are treated fairly.
Abduction And Kidnapping
Abduction and kidnapping both involve the unlawful taking or detention of a person. It is not necessary to cause physical injuries in order to be found guilty of either charge. Cases of child abduction are taken especially seriously, and even if you have parental rights, you may still be found guilty of this type of charge. Make sure you receive the right representation from the start, by contacting an experienced barrister.
Domestic violence has some peculiarities because it arises between family members. Domestic assault may occur between husband and wife, partners that live together, parents and children, or siblings. The courts take cases of domestic violence and assault very serious, and in recent years there has been a trend towards prosecuting cases even when the injured person does not want to press charges. They are often far more emotionally charged cases than other cases of assault, and it is essential to be represented by a barrister who is sensitive to the tensions, but reasonable and calm in coping with them.
If you have been accused of any form of assault or violent offence, contact us today to discuss your case and receive advice from an expert barrister.