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Assault Lawyers Perth
At Mark Andrews Legal, our team of experienced assault lawyers in Perth represent clients who have been charged with Assault, Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding offences. With over 30 years of experience as assault lawyers, we provide straightforward and dependable legal advice and forceful representation for a highly competitive fee, throughout Western Australia.
What is Assault, Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, Grievous Bodily Harm?
Our team of assault lawyers are highly experienced in defending Assault, Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, Grievous Bodily Harm offences. An assault is defined as striking, moving or applying force to a person, either directly or indirectly, without their consent, or threatening or attempting to apply force to a person without their consent.
The term bodily harm means any bodily injury which interferes with health or comfort. The term is broad enough to include relatively minor injury such as a black eye or bruising received in a fist fight.
The term grievous bodily harm means any bodily injury of such a nature as to endanger, or be likely to endanger life, or to cause, or be likely to cause, permanent injury to health. The severity of the injury is assessed at the time that the injury was received and without regard to the results of medical treatment.
Common Assault Defences
The defences most commonly available to assault lawyers under WA law are self-defence, provocation and accident. See the defences section of our website here to learn more.
What is the Offence of Wounding?
Put simply, the offence of Wounding involves the breaking or penetrating of skin. Wounding offences most commonly involve cutting injuries inflicted with a sharp object such as a knife or broken beer bottle. A superficial scratch is not sufficient, the injury must penetrate through to the underlayer of skin.
The offence of wounding carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment. If the charge is dealt with in the Magistrates Court, the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $24,000. Where the wounding is a ‘glassing’ the courts usually impose imprisonment.
Common Wounding Defences
The most commonly available defences to charges of wounding are self-defence, unwilled act and accident. View these defences in more detail here.
Contact Us for a Free Initial Consultation
If you have been charged with an Assault, Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, Grievous Bodily Harm or a Wounding offence contact us in the enquiry form below to book a free initial consultation with one or our assault lawyers in Perth.