Assault / GBH Defence Solicitors - Manchester

Accusations of assault and grievous bodily harm (GBH) can have serious consequences. Due to the violent nature of these crimes, those accused of assault and GBH are often refused bail.

Therefore, anyone who is facing such changes should seek the help of legal experts as soon as possible.

Our solicitors have advised and represented clients in a variety of assault and GBH cases, so you can rest easy knowing you have experienced professionals behind you.

If you have been arrested or changed for assault or GBH and want first-class representation, call our criminal law team today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

Assault and GBH crimes

Assault and GBH are extremely serious crimes and involve the use of force to injure a victim. The penalties for these crimes vary based on the severity of the injuries and the intent of the attacker.

These types of crime violate the Offences against the Person Act (1861) and can be categorised into the following cases.

Common Assault

Common assault involves applying unlawful force on a person or threatening them with unlawful force. For an act of violence to be considered common assault, a physical injury does not need to occur, as this is considered to be actual bodily harm.

Cases of common assault are typically taken to the the Magistrates’ Court and commonly result in a fine or community service.

Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)

For an offence to be classed as ABH, harm must be caused to the victim with the intention of an assault. The victim will typically receive injuries such as scratches or bruises after the attack.

ABH cases will usually be resolved in the Magistrates’ Court. The sentence for this crime varies from a fine to a maximum of five years' imprisonment.

Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)

To cause grievous bodily harm is to seriously injure or wound a person. The offence of GBH can be split into two categories:

  • Wounding without intent - to cause GBH without intent, the attacker must have had the intention to assault the victim but not to cause serious bodily harm. Depending on the severity of the attack, this case can be dealt with by the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court, and carries a maximum sentence of five years' imprisonment.

Wounding with intent - this simply means the the attacker had the intention of causing harm to the victim using unlawful force. These cases deal with the Crown Court and can result in a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.


Our team of experienced solicitors offer services within Manchester and throughout North West England. If you have been accused, arrested or charged with crimes involving assault and GBH, you will need an experienced legal advisor on your side. Our criminal law team is here to provide you with legal advice and representation every step of the way. Call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

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