Assaults / Violence Offences – NSW
Welcome to the NSW Reckless grievous bodily harm article page. Everything you need to know about Reckless grievous bodily harm according to NSW law – Dated: 31/01/2011
What the Law States according to NSW Law for Reckless grievous bodily harm
According to NSW Law for the charge of Reckless grievous bodily harm,
On the police facts sheet and the court attendance notice that you may have received you will have a reference to the law part and a short description of offence. These references help the court and the legal profession to identify the exact offence you have been charged with. The law part and short description for this offence are set out in the table below:
|Recklessly cause grievous bodily harm (DV)-T1
|Recklessly cause grievous bodily harm-T1
The Maximum Penalty – Reckless grievous bodily harm
According to NSW Law for the charge of Reckless grievous bodily harm:
The maximum penalty for the charge of reckless grievous bodily harm (Section 35 of the Crimes Act) is 10 years imprisonment. However if you commit the offence in company with another person the maximum penalty is 14 years.
In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge.
- Section 10: Indecent Assault proven but dismissed
- Good behaviour bond
- Community service order (CSO)
- Suspended sentence
- Intensive correction order (previously periodic detention)
- Home detention
- Prison sentence
You’ll find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.
Based on our experience and statistics from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales we believe that the penalty in a case that is within the mid range of seriousness for the offence of reckless grievous bodily harm, if heard in the Local Court, is likely to be a suspended sentence with supervision under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 3 years.
For first time offenders the likely penalty is a community service order for a period of 200 hours.
If the matter is finalised in the District Court the likely penalty is imprisonment for a period of 3 ½ years.
For first time offenders the likely penalty is imprisonment for a period of 3 years.
What the Police must prove according to NSW Law for Reckless grievous bodily harm
To convict you of a reckless grievous bodily harm charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You caused grievous bodily harm to a person.
- The act was done recklessly.
They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the reckless grievous bodily harm offence.
Possible Defences under NSW Law – Reckless grievous bodily harm
Possible defences to a reckless grievous bodily harm charge include but are not limited to:
- Self Defence
In NSW which court will hear the matter – Reckless grievous bodily harm
This matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.
Section 10 for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge: avoiding a criminal record. Normally, when you plead guilty to a criminal offence, the court imposes a penalty and records a conviction. If the court records a conviction, you will have a criminal record. However, if we can convince the court not to convict you, there will be no penalty of any type and no criminal record. In all criminal cases, the court has the discretion not to convict you, but to give you a Section 10 dismissal instead.
Fines for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge: When deciding the amount of a fine for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge the magistrate or judge should consider your financial situation and your ability to pay any fine they set.
Good behaviour bond for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge: This is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is five years.
Community service order for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge (CSO): This involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by probation and parole or attendance at a centre to undertake a course, such as anger management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the probation service as suitable to undertake the order.
Suspended sentence for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge: This is a jail sentence that is suspended upon you entering into a good behaviour bond. Provided the terms of the good behaviour bond are obeyed the jail sentence will not come into effect. A suspended sentence is only available for sentences of imprisonment of up to two years.
Periodic detention for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge (commonly known as weekend detention): This form of imprisonment ceased to be a sentencing option in October 2010.
Intensive correction order for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge (ICO): This option has replaced periodic detention. The court can order you to comply with a number of conditions, such as attending counselling or treatment, not consuming alcohol, complying with a curfew and performing community service.
Jail for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge: This is the most serious penalty for a reckless grievous bodily harm charge and involves full time detention in a correctional facility.