Have you been charged with Recklessly Causing Injury?
If so, you need to consult a law firm that specialises in criminal law.
This serious charge should have you asking some important questions. For example, does the prosecution have a case? Was the injury caused by you? Did you mean to do it? Do you have a good reason for your actions?
These are just some of the questions that need to be considered before advising the Court how you intend to plead.
Read on for more information about Recklessly Causing Injury.
Section 18 of the Crimes Act 1958.
The prosecution must prove:
The alleged victim suffered an “injury”;
The defendant recklessly caused the alleged injury to the complainant; and
The defendant acted without lawful justification or excuse.
The maximum penalty for recklessly causing injury
Level 6 imprisonment being a maximum of 5 years.
Where will my case be heard?
Recklessly Causing Injury cases will usually be heard in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
Questions to consider if you have been charged with recklessly causing injury
Do you have a defence? If you are pleading guilty, what can you do to minimise your sentence? When did the offence occur? The definition of ‘injury’ was altered in the Crimes Act 1958 as at 1 July 2013. Speak to a specialist criminal lawyer before proceeding further.
What to do next if you have been charged with recklessly causing injury?
Consult an experienced criminal lawyer urgently. Preparation in relation to any matter is crucial, and can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t leave it to the last minute.
If you have been charged with Recklessly Causing Injury make an appointment today to see one of our specialist lawyers.
Section 18 Causing injury intentionally or recklessly
A person who, without lawful excuse, intentionally or recklessly causes injury to another person is guilty of an indictable offence.
Penalty: If the injury was caused intentionally—level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum);
If the injury was caused recklessly—level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum).