Grievous bodily harm is defined as
- the loss of a distinct part or an organ of the body; or
- 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.
Whether or not an injury amounts to grievous bodily harm is usually determined on the basis of medical evidence. Grievous bodily harm is a serious offence and the maximum penalty reflects this. The maximum is 14 years imprisonment and the charge must be finalised in the District Court.
Grievous bodily harm is far less common than the lesser forms of assault. However more than 80% of offenders are sentenced to terms of actual imprisonment, that is a sentence of imprisonment that is not wholly suspended.
Why choose Jasper Fogerty Lawyers?
- Leading Queensland lawyers. We offer superior, strategic and confident representation for assault and violence charges. We are QLS Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law and have over 20 years of combined experience in the criminal justice system.
- Experienced and proven. We are experienced and highly respected advocates who appear in all Queensland Courts. We personally undertake almost all sentence advocacy on behalf of clients charged with assault matters in the Magistrates Court.
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