Negligent Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm
If you have recently been in an accident where someone has been injured, you may be at risk of being charged with this offence. The seriousness of any injury suffered will determine whether you will be charged in this category. Grievous bodily harm is defined by the Court to mean a really serious injury. For example, a minor cut or bruise would not be considered grievous bodily harm but a broken bone would be.
A person charged with this offence will usually receive a Court Attendance Notice in the weeks or months following the crash once the police have investigated. However, a person charged with this offence may be arrested and held by police in certain circumstances. It is important that if you are charged with this offence you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
What Penalties am I Facing?
If you are found guilty of this offence, you are likely to have a criminal conviction recorded against your name together with other penalties including a fine and licence disqualification.
How Long Will I Lose My Licence for?
Upon conviction for negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm you are facing an automatic licence disqualification period of 3 years.
In appropriate circumstances, the Court may reduce the disqualification to the minimum period of 12 months.
Can I Avoid the Conviction and Licence Disqualification?
In rare cases the Court may exercise its discretion to impose a section 10 non conviction order. If you are particularly concerned about a conviction being recorded against you or the loss of licence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
WHERE TO NEXT?
In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.