Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)

“Actual bodily harm” is a more serious category than a common assault, as an actual injury or harm has to be shown. In NSW, there is case law that defines actual bodily harm as an injury that is “more than merely transient or fleeting.” Commonly, scratches and/or bruises to another person can be defined as actual bodily harm. On occasion, it can also cover serious psychological injuries.

As these matters all involve injury to another person to some extent, they are taken very seriously by the Courts, especially given the current political climate regarding alcohol-related violence. If you have been charged with an offence, it is imperative that you obtain expert legal advice as soon as practicable.


If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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