There is no CCTV but I was interviewed by the police
I told police that I don't remember anything because I was drunk but there are 2 witness declarations that I punched a guy's lip without any reason. The guy needed 2 stitches at his lip in the hospital
The maximum sentence for common assault is 6 months.
However you if you plead guilty you automatically get 1/3rd off
Page 214 of the Sentencing Guidelines (available for download) states:
Greater harm (injury or fear of injury must normally be present) and higher culpability - Category 1
Greater harm (injury or fear of injury must normally be present) and lower culpability;
or lesser harm and higher culpability - Category 2
Lesser harm and lower culpability - Cat 3
Cat 3 - starting point: High level community order Range: Low level community order – 26 weeks’ custody
Cat 2: Medium level community order Range: Band A fine – High level community order
Cat 3: Band A fine Range: Discharge – Band C fine
I would think based on what you have said it would be a Community Order at the very most
There is no risk of custody
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
what about the expungement of this fact from the criminal record?will we know the punishment at the first term? if we are not happy with the sentence can we contest it?
The criminal record will be forever? or it will be erased after few years?
1) Can I do something to prevent going to custody?or is 100 % sure that it will not be the case? being the first time
2) Is there any chance to get a conditional discharge if I will provide some letters that I did some charity work before and I am a good person?
3) What happens at the first term? Do I need a solicitor or a barrister for the first term? Or both of them?