Assault Solicitors

Having the guidance of an assault solicitor through a period of uncertainty such as an allegation of assault, ABH or GBH is imperative to get the best possible outcome.

A guilty verdict of assault can gravely impact an individual’s life, making it difficult to find a job and affecting further prospects.

In serious cases, there is the risk of receiving a custodial sentence, so having an experienced assault solicitor to represent you is crucial to finding the best possible outcome.

Allegations of any form of assault are taken seriously by the courts. Depending on the severity of a case, it can either be dealt with at the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court.

At Slater Heelis, we take pride in our straightforward, honest advice through every stage of the process.

Whether this is your first time under scrutiny from the law or you have experienced it before, our expert assault lawyers will guide you through from initial interviews to sentencing.

We understand that the outcome of an allegation of assault could lead to further implications throughout your life, and as such, we are meticulous and realistic in our analysis and advice surrounding your case.

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Different Levels of Assault

There are varying levels of severity when it comes to assault, and 4 main criteria here we explain four key categories of which most cases will fall into.

The most serious kind of assault, Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), is split into two categories. There are also separate charges for Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and Common Assault. Read through our FAQs below to see the extent and maximum sentences, which can range from 6 months up to life imprisonment.

Cases that are found to be linked with domestic violence are treated by the police with zero tolerance. Allegations of this kind will be dealt with in a manner that is specific to the extent of that individual case. Not all domestic abuse is physical, but it is still taken extremely seriously.

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Defending An Assault Charge

Regardless of the situation and details surrounding a case, everyone is entitled to a fair legal defence. With any criminal proceedings, our team will work with you to gather all the facts before forming a strong-as-possible defence for your case. With assault charges, in particular, we can look at whether any of the following applies:

  • Self-defence or defence of someone else – defending yourself or another after (or before an imminent) attack
  • Prevention of a crime – intervening to stop, disrupt or prevent a crime
  • Citizen’s arrest – intervening to place a person who has committed an indictable crime under citizen’s arrest until the police arrive

If one or more of the above can be proved, it’s possible your charges may be reduced or dropped entirely. Our team can help establish if this is applicable to your case.

Speak With Our Assault Solicitors

Whatever the extent of the allegation against you, do not hesitate to contact our specialist assault lawyers team who will advise on the best course of action from the start to the end of your case.

Everybody is entitled to a defence, and we would much rather you come to us sooner rather than later so that we can work towards the best possible outcome for your situation.

Our Head of Crime and Regulatory comes very highly recommended on independent review site, Review Solicitors.

To speak to one of our team, please fill out a contact form, use the live chat, or call us on 0161 969 3131.

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