Have you been charged with Intentionally Causing Serious Injury?
This is a very serious charge. There a number of things to consider prior to telling the Court how you intend to plead.
You should also bear in mind that most people who plead guilty to this offence are looking at a significant term of imprisonment, to be served immediately.
Please read below for more information in relation to this charge.
Elements of the offence
Section 16 of the Crimes Act 1958.
The prosecution must prove:
- the alleged victim suffered a serious injury;
- the defendant caused the complainant’s serious injury;
- the defendant intended to cause the complainant serious injury; and
- the defendant acted without lawful justification or excuse.
The maximum penalty
Level 3 imprisonment being a maximum of 20 years.
Where will my case be heard?
Intentionally Causing Serious Injury cases are usually heard in the County Court but can also be heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Questions to consider
Can the prosecution make out their case? Is the injury serious? Did you cause the injury? Are you being charged as a co-accused?
Do you have a defence? If you are pleading guilty, what can you do to minimise your sentence?
What to do next
See an experienced criminal law firm immediately. Remember that preparation is key. The more time your lawyer has to prepare your case, the better your chances of a good outcome.
If you have been charged with Intentionally Causing Serious Injury, contact us today and speak to a lawyer who specialises in this area.
Section 16 Causing serious injury intentionally
A person who, without lawful excuse, intentionally causes serious injury to another person is guilty of an indictable offence.
Penalty: Level 3 imprisonment (20 years maximum).