De Brett Solicitors - Violent Crime
There are many different types of violent crime, but they can all be described as activities where a person is treated with physical force or violence against their will. Violent crime includes assault and GBH (grievous bodily harm). Offences like sexual abuse and rape are also classified as violent crime. The most serious offences occur if the victim dies due to a violent crime. People can face different charges depending on the nature of the death, including:
Murder - This is when a person has been killed with malicious intent.
Involuntary manslaughter - Deaths caused by involuntary manslaughter could include those involving negligence on behalf of the person accused of the crime, or the undertaking of dangerous activities that led to the death.
Voluntary manslaughter - In these cases, there may have been intent to murder, but other circumstances could provide a partial defence. Examples include diminished responsibility (such as mental illness), loss of control or suicide pact.
Assault - Allegations of assault can range from common assault to GBH. Generally the level of seriousness of the criminal offence depends on the extent of any injury that an alleged assault may have inflicted. The least serious of the assault charges is common assault. No physical injury needs to have occurred for a charge of common assault which can consist of simply putting someone in fear of immediate violence. Assault resulting in actual bodily harm (ABH) is usually charged in circumstances where the injuries amount to bruising, cuts or bone fractures. GBH charges are likely where there has been serious bodily harm such as broken bones or an injury resulting in disfigurement.
In all assault cases possible defences may include self-defence, defence of another, prevention of crime and lawful arrest and apprehension of offenders.
Any person facing an assault charge faces the risk of receiving a custodial sentence and also a criminal conviction. It’s important to get expert legal advice from a specialist criminal defence Lawyer as soon as possible.
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