At Legal Bridge we understand that it can be a very difficult time for all involved and therefore we can introduce you to specialists who can offer a wealth of experience in supporting domestic assault cases, from the legal perspective and also ensuring peace of mind.
Whether you are female or male, we appreciate that the facts surrounding such a case can be highly emotional and very complex. Our representatives can work alongside you to put together the best possible defence.
Legal Bridge can offer a service that connects people to firms who will represent them in the event that they are accused of such a crime. These firms have vast experience and specialist expertise in all the aspects in dealing with offences against the person cases from the police station, upon initial arrest, through to Crown Court proceedings.
Domestic Assault & The Law
Domestic assault, in tandem with domestic violence, is one of the Government’s top priorities. Numerous high-profile campaigns have been designed out of public interest to raise awareness of the issue. These campaigns generally include police response as this is a sensitive area of law.
Each domestic assault case is treated individually, all the factors of the assault charge being taking into account such as the physical and emotional factors which are alleged. Surrounding the case there will be other facts to be assessed, which may include a number of factors, e.g. mental illness or influences of alcohol and medication, and any relevant domestic circumstances, including the presence of or impact on children.
Any sentencing is set to act as a deterrent from repeating offences and any suggestion that the individual convicted may continue to cause fear, alarm or distress. There is a range of options that can be taken into account when sentencing, depending on the nature of the offence and what the individuals involved in the case would like to happen in the longer term. It is vitally important to have good representation at the point of sentencing and can make all the difference, especially when there may be certain factors which led to the offence being committed in the first place.
Accused of Domestic Assault?
Domestic assault is a very complex area of law, which can evoke emotional distress for everyone involved.
It is vitally important to seek the guidance of a specialist lawyer for this very reason, who totally understands the law but also knows how to offer the necessary additional support throughout every stage of the legal proceedings. For domestic violence case, there are specially trained prosecutors and courts assigned to dealing with these cases; you need a specialist defence lawyer to defend your case if you are accused of such an offence, and someone who can in your best interests.
Legal Bridge can introduce you to lawyers with lots of experiences in representing domestic abuse cases, combined with the support and care required for all those involved.
This area of the law can be extremely emotionally draining for all involved. We understand that these cases are very seldom straightforward and involve the intricacies and complexities involved with personal relationships. The lawyers will be able to work with you to prepare the best line of defence.
Our specialist lawyers in domestic violence, will work with you to ensure the facts of the case are disclosed and will provide the necessary peace of mind that you will be looked after and guided throughout the whole process.
Domestic Violence & The Law
The “umbrella term” for this part of The Law is domestic violence and includes criminal damage, assaults and any threatening violence, abuse or behaviour between adults who have been, or are currently, intimate partners or members of the same family.
When the Code for Crown Prosecutors (CPS) determines the severity of domestic violence, there are many factors to be taken into account. Most importantly by assessing the associated risks and by working alongside the police to investigate and possibly take a case to court if required.
Domestic violence is not just considered in terms of physical violence, i.e. common assault, GBH or ABH, but this can also include:
• Threatening behaviour
• Sexual abuse
• Behaviour deemed as controlling, which can include financial abuse
• Psychological / Emotional abuse
Any sentencing if needed will be determined on an individual case basis. Attributing factors, which will be taken into consideration such as previous convictions, will influence the final decision. The maximum sentence will be dependent on the nature of the case and what has been alleged.
Accused of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be seen as one of the most sensitive areas of the law for everyone involved, and sometimes it can seem very daunting when even seeking specialist advice.
Legal Bridge can introduce you to lawyers with plenty of specialist experience in this area of law to guide you through what can be a very difficult process.
When looking into the law for domestic violence, there are a variety of legal options available and it is very important that you discuss these with a specialist solicitor to ensure the most favourable outcome for everyone involved.
ABH & GBH
Legal Bridge can introduce you to lawyers with a wealth of experience in defending cases of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and Actual Bodily Harm (ABH).
It is imperative that expert advice is sought at the earliest stage. In doing this you will be in the most favourable position to allocate the necessary representation.
In the eyes of the law, offences differ in severity, therefore sentences can vary quite considerably.
ABH/GBH & The Law
According to the level of injury sustained, the law is able to distinguish between GBH and ABH. Both of these types of assault can be committed intentionally or recklessly, and this will always be a significant factor in any sentence that may be imposed if someone has been convicted under this law.
The level of injury sustained and the seriousness of the assault tends to determine whether someone may be prosecuted or convicted of GBH or ABH.
In many cases, the defendant will try to claim self-defence, and therefore this is a highly specialist aspect and requires a diligent consideration of all of the circumstances and what has occurred. When determining whether someone may have acted in self-defence, one of the most significant factors is the extent of the force used and the reasons for it, if deemed reasonable in the circumstances which can vary considerably from case to case e.g. provocation is not deemed sufficient defence to any allegation of GBH and ABH.
Legal Bridge can carefully consider an individual case to advise on the best way to defend it and they can help you to understand the differences between a variety of defence options available.
Dependent on the severity, an ABH or GBH case can be heard in the Crown Court or in the Magistrates’ Court where a full range of sentences can be given. It is possible that a life sentence could be imposed in the most extreme examples of GBH and there are guidelines that the Court will consider before passing sentence.
When the prosecution allege that an actual injury was caused but that it was not grievous or really serious an ABH will be prosecuted.
Accused of GBH or ABH?
It is important to consult with a specialist solicitor as quickly as possible if you are under police investigation for either GBH or ABH, so that all the facts of the case can be investigated in conjunction with one another, and the best guidance can be provided.
Legal Bridge can put you in touch with specialist lawyers that fully understand the law, but is also highly experienced in the court room environment to defend your case and to achieve the best result for you.
These lawyers are specialists in Common Assault Law and are very experienced both in their knowledge of the law and respected for their expertise in the court room.
When it comes to common assault, there can be a lot of confusion, and the reality is that it can lead to significant fines and even imprisonment with serious implications for family life and careers, affecting all involved.
It is very important to seek legal guidance to endeavour that you understand all of your options available and that you are prepared for any possible legal proceedings you may have to face.
Common Assault & The Law
What is quite often misinterpreted regarding common assault is that, by definition, no physical contact needs to have occurred to be guilty of this offence.
However, what does need to be shown, is that an intention of fear has been caused that implies imminent physical violence will be used. This may be in the form of a verbal threat in tandem with associated behaviour, e.g. a raised fist.
If this is a 1st occurrence it not likely to result in a prison sentence. It is more likely to result in a deterrent punishment e.g. community service. However, it will always appear on criminal records.
However, the same cannot be applied to repeat offenders or where actual violence has been proven to be used. In these cases the Magistrates’ Court can give up to a 6 months’ prison sentence. The prosecution will say that it is common assault by beating where violence has been used as part of the case.
Accused of Common Assault?
It is very important to seek legal guidance if you are under police investigation for common assault, or facing court, to understand your position and how best to proceed.
Legal Bridge will introduce you to lawyers who will work with you to ensure you are always represented fairly and that the most favourable outcome is achieved in accordance with the facts of the case.
The lawyers will be able to assist with any case relating to kidnapping and abduction, having assisted with a number of abduction and kidnapping cases, and will work to achieve the best outcome possible.
A number of different issues are taken into consideration when sentences for kidnapping and abduction are set and may extend to many years in prison.
Bearing this in mind, it is vitally important to seek out a specialist criminal lawyer, who has the necessary experience and confidence to advise you in this difficult field of law.
Abduction, Kidnapping & The Law
The Law is very clear in its distinction between kidnapping and abduction. Kidnapping is taking someone unwillingly and keeping them illegally imprisoned. Abduction is taking a person or child away from their home and family by means of deception or force. Kidnapping is normally done with a motive, primarily a financial gain in the form of a ransom.
Both situations must demonstrate that the person abducted or kidnapped was taken without consent and held unlawfully against their will for the duration.
There are also some other factors that will be taken into consideration including any previous attacks on the person (including assault and rape) and the level of violence used, together with if the person abducted or kidnapped has been taken across global borders.
If a child is involved then this is another significant issue that will be factored into any sentencing, as this is considered under a different aspect of the law*. This is particularly relevant to the case if the child is taken out of the United Kingdom without permission or consent.
Accused of Abduction or Kidnapping?
When it comes to abduction and kidnapping, especially if a child is involved, speed is of the essence. Crimes involving children are taken extremely seriously and therefore it is vitally important to have the necessary specialist legal representation at the very early stages in the process. At Legal Bridge we will work with you through the whole process to ensure your case is dealt with on a unique basis and to support you throughout.
*Child Abduction Act 1984
For additional information about the laws and associated sentences for kidnapping and abduction, please call 0203 355 7444 or [email protected]