Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Grievous Bodily Harm (NSW)
In New South Wales, the Crimes Act defines grievous bodily harm (GBH) as: “any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person, the destruction of a foetus and any grievous bodily disease.” GBH does not necessarily have to be permanent or life-threatening, but the consensus is that it must amount to a ‘really serious’ injury. Whether an injury fits the definition will be determined on a case by case basis with regard to the type of injury, location of the injury and the victim’s prospects of healing and rehabilitation.
There are a number of ways in which a person can be charged with causing grievous bodily harm to another person. Charges can be brought under both the Crimes Act or under the Road Transport Act if the harm was caused whilst operating a vehicle.
If the injury caused does not meet the threshold of GBH, then it may fall under the less serious category of ‘actual bodily harm’.
The offences involving GBH in NSW are outlined below.
Recklessly cause GBH
The offence of recklessly causing GBH is governed by section 43 of the Crimes Act 1900. A person who is found guilty of this offence is liable to up to 10 years imprisonment and up to 14 years imprisonment if they are in company with another person at the time of the offence.
A person who causes GBH through an unlawful negligent act is liable to imprisonment for up to two years. This offence is governed by section 54 of the Crimes Act 1900.
Dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm
Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm is an offence under section 52A of the Crimes Act 1900. A person found guilty of this offence may be sentenced to up to seven years imprisonment of, if the offence is aggravated, up to 11 years.
The offence is an aggravated offence if the person was, at the time of the offence:
- driving at a speed more than 45 km per hour over the speed limit;
- over the legal BAC limit;
- escaping pursuit by the police; or
- under the influence of a drug.
Negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm
Negligent Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm is an offence under section 117 of the Road Transport Act 2013. A person who commits this offence for the first time is liable to a fine of 20 penalty units or imprisonment for nine months, or both. A person who commits this offence for the second or subsequent time is liable to a fine of up to 50 penalty units or imprisonment for two years, or both.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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