Section 47 Assault
ABH is an offence under Section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act. This provides that a person is guilty of an offence if any assault results in injury causing actual bodily harm.
The definition of assault is quite wide. This usually involves people who have been involved in some form of fighting or altercation. It does not happen to be just kicks or punches at camp for example, but can include any injury caused by a person to another.
Occasionally, this can include things like causing an injury by deliberately driving a motor at another person, deliberately infecting them with an illness or even shouting or threatening them so seriously that harm to them is caused.
What is considered Actual Bodily Harm?
The definition of harm again is quite wide but will usually include injuries that are not especially serious such as minor cuts, bruises, grazes or scratches. It can, however, even include harm to an individual's mental health.
If a person is charged with section 47 assault (ABH) it is vital that they are defended by a lawyer who is experienced in this field. At professional defence lawyers we have been defending in cases of this nature for over 20 years, so please contact us for expert advice.
Penalties for Section 47 Assault
If a person is guilty of assault occasion in actual bodily harm the powers of the court are wide. The courts can impose a period of imprisonment, which in the Crown Court can be up to 5 years. Alternatively the courts will impose a fine, a community order or a suspended prison sentence.
The reality is that in the majority of assault cases a prison sentence is not imposed. This is especially the case if the defendant has no previous convictions, the offence was not premeditated and there are no aggravating features such as kicking an individual whilst they are on the ground.
Section 47 Assault Defence
Because the offence is serious and the consequences potentially so serious to the defendant, it is vital that high level specialist experienced defence lawyers represent the defendant charged in such circumstances.
At professional defence lawyers you will only be advised by a solicitor with at least 20 years experience. At court you will be represented by the by a solicitor or barrister of the appropriate level of experience and knowledge.
Contact our Professional Defence Lawyers Today
Our expert ABH Solicitors have significant experience regarding Section 47 Assault cases. We have been practicing in this for over 20 years now, so please don't hesitate to contact us free on 0800 634 7022 today.