I just wanted to thank you for representing me on Monday, I was overjoyed & relieved with the outcome. I don’t think it could have gone any better. All the best, I hope you got to celebrate this one instead after work, you forever made a difference in my life.
I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
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 (WA)
Western Australian criminal law includes several offences involving grievous bodily harm. Grievous bodily harm is a serious physical injury. It is referred to in some other states and territories as ‘serious harm.’
Offences involving grievous bodily harm (GBH) in WA are governed by the Criminal Code Act and the Road Traffic Act 1974. They can attract lengthy terms of imprisonment and, if committed under particular circumstances, are subject to a mandatory minimum sentencing regime.
What is grievous bodily harm?
The WA Criminal Code Act defines grievous bodily harm as any bodily injury of such a nature as to endanger or be likely to endanger life or to cause, or be likely to cause, permanent injury to health. This includes serious burns, broken bones and permanent disabilities, such as loss of hearing or loss of use of a limb.
Injuries that do not amount to grievous bodily harm include minor cuts, bruising, and fractures.
Doing grievous bodily harm
Under section 297 of the Criminal Code, a person who unlawfully does grievous bodily harm to another person is liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years. If the offence is committed under aggravated circumstances or while stealing a motor vehicle, the offender is liable to imprisonment for up to 14 years.
The Western Australian criminal law imposes mandatory minimum sentences for offences committed in certain circumstances.
Under this regime, when GBH is caused by an adult offender in the course of an aggravated home burglary, the court must impose a term of at least 75% of the maximum penalty. If GBH is caused by an adult in prescribed circumstances, the court must impose a term of imprisonment of at least 12 months that is not suspended.
When GBH is caused by a juvenile in the course of an aggravated home burglary, the court must impose a term of imprisonment or detention of at least 3 years that is not suspended. If GBH is caused by a juvenile in prescribed circumstances, the court must impose a term of imprisonment or detention of at least 3 months that is not suspended.
Act intended to cause grievous bodily harm
Under section 294 of the Criminal Code Act, a person who does certain acts with intent to cause grievous bodily harm or to maim, disfigure, or disable a person or to prevent the lawful arrest or detention of a person is guilty of a crime and liable to imprisonment for up to 20 years. These acts include wounding, causing an explosion or doing an act that is likely to result in a person having a serious disease.
Culpable driving causing GBH
In WA, under section 284 of the Criminal Code Act, culpable driving of a conveyance causing GBH can attract a penalty of seven years imprisonment (if dealt with on indictment) or three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $36,000 (if dealt with summarily). However, it is important to note that this provision does not apply to the driving of a motor vehicle. A conveyance means a vessel or an aircraft.
A person found guilty under this provision in relation to the navigation of a vessel must be sentenced to a term of at least two years imprisonment.
It is a defence to a charge under this provision if the grievous bodily harm was not caused by the manner in which the conveyance was driven.
Dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm
Under section 59 of the Road Traffic Act, a person is guilty of a crime if they drive a motor vehicle that is involved in an incident that causes grievous bodily harm to another person while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while driving in a manner dangerous to the public. The penalty for this offence is imprisonment for up to 14 years where the offender was affected by drugs or alcohol and imprisonment for up to seven years and a fine of any amount as well as disqualification from driving for at least two years.
If this offence is dealt with summarily (in the Magistrates Court) the maximum penalty that applied is imprisonment for three years and a fine of up to 720 penalty units and disqualification from driving for at least two years.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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