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."
Unlawfully Doing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)
In Queensland, unlawfully doing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) is a very serious criminal offence carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
A charge of unlawfully doing GBH will ordinarily result in a custodial sentence with a period of time spent inside a jail, though this is not inevitable and Armstrong Legal’s specialist criminal law team stand ready to advise you on the ways that you might avoid jail if you have been charged.
The Offence of Unlawfully Doing Grievous Bodily Harm
The offence of unlawfully doing GBH is contained in section 320 of the Queensland Criminal Code which states:
- “(1) Any person who unlawfully does grievous bodily harm to another is guilty of a crime, and is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.
- (2) If the offender is a participant in a criminal organisation and unlawfully does grievous bodily harm to a police officer while acting in the execution of the officer’s duty, the offender must be imprisoned for a minimum of 1 year with the imprisonment served wholly in a corrective services facility.”
What Is Grievous Bodily Harm?
Section 1 of the Queensland Criminal Code says that grievous bodily harm means:
- (a) the loss of a distinct part or an organ of the body; or
- (b) serious disfigurement; or
- (c) any bodily injury of such a nature that, if left untreated, would endanger or be likely to endanger life, or cause or be likely to cause permanent injury to health”
What Is A Criminal Organisation?
Section 1 of the Queensland Criminal Code says that ‘criminal organisation’ means:
- “(a) an organisation of 3 or more persons—
- (i) who have as their purpose, or 1 of their purposes, engaging in, organising, planning, facilitating, supporting, or otherwise conspiring to engage in, serious criminal activity as defined under the Criminal Organisation Act 2009; and
- (ii) who, by their association, represent an unacceptable risk to the safety, welfare or order of the community; or
- (b) a criminal organisation under the Criminal Organisation Act 2009; or
- (c) an entity declared under a regulation to be a criminal organisation.”
What the Police Must Prove
To convict you of an unlawfully doing GBH, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You caused grievous bodily harm (of the kind described in the definition above), and
- You did so unlawfully, that is to say without a lawful excuse.
If it can be proved that you intentionally caused the grievous bodily harm (rather than that you simply caused it without lawful excuse) you will likely be guilty of the crime of intentionally causing GBH which is a more serious offence. Follow this link for more information about the offence of intentionally causing GBH.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
A charge of unlawfully doing GBH will be heard in the District Court.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
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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