Charges involving offences against the person are brought under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
The Act sets out a wide range of offences which may result in charges being brought, including acts which may endanger life or cause bodily harm, as well as homicide (murder, manslaughter and including conspiracy to commit homicide or offences abroad) – and threats to kill.
Charges involving offences against the person – including ABH, GBH or assault – are extremely complex and can occur in a wide range of circumstances. Those facing allegations of offences against the person may not necessarily be guilty, or even directly involved in a situation. However in some cases a charge of joint enterprise may apply if an individual was present at the scene.
There are many circumstances which may result in an innocent person being interviewed or charged with offences against the person, including public order offences, affray, riot or even self-defence.
Proving intent in assault cases can be crucial to securing a conviction – and it is vital to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible from a specialist violent crime solicitors such as Duncan Lewis.
Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors are one of the UK’s leading Legal Aid criminal defence solicitors able to advise on all criminal charges involving offences against the person, including assault, ABH (actual bodily harm) and GBH (grievous bodily harm).
Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors can also advise on crimes against the person relating to:
Convictions involving offences against the person may carry heavy penalties including long jail terms – and seeking legal advice at any early stage of a police inquiry or charge is essential.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on violent crime charges involving youth offenders, suspects with mental health conditions, those arrested after acting in self-defence, or victims of domestic violence facing charges of assault, murder or manslaughter.
Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors also have expertise in cases involving allegations of conspiracy to commit offences against the person.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in cases involving offences against the person.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as murder and rape.
Clients do not have to wait until they have been arrested to contact Duncan Lewis about any criminal charges – our team can advise from the initial stages of a police inquiry or if it is likely a client may be arrested to face a criminal charge involving offences against the person such as ABH, GBH or assault.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on Civil Liberties matters such as wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and prisoners’ rights in custody – as well as advising on appeals against conviction or sentencing for violent crimes, including offences against the person.
All Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors are highly trained and highly experienced – and are dedicated to offering the best criminal defence services to our clients at police stations, courts and prisons.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – including more than 20 offices across London and the southeast and in all major cities across England and Wales.
A member of the Duncan Lewis criminal defence team can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to offer expert legal advice on all criminal charges and for police interview under caution.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing charges relating to offences against the person – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on criminal charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services –Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis violent crime solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Violent Crime Solicitors to discuss allegations or charges relating to offences against the person on 020 7923 4020.