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I have been charged with gbh section 20 without intent,

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I have been charged with gbh section 20 without intent, going to court in 2 weeks, the reason behind it is that a person was racist towards me (several times, calling me names because i am Greek) and I punched him causing him nose damage, i have never been convicted before and i admitted my action to the police, what am I to expect in the Magistrates court were i was asked to appear.
Thanks
Paul
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

I'm a criminal defence barrister. I can help.

Tell me exactly what you told the police? Did you have a lawyer at the police station?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi! I did not have a lawyer in the police station and I told the police that i punched him after he was racists towards me, there were witnesses also, the case went to CPS and now I am charged with the above (Magistrates Court)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The person was drunk and was provoking me all evening, so here we are
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

Hmm... you might have some problems. I say this because provocation is not a defence. Are you sure you cannot say that you feared for your safety and were acting in self-defence?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I might be able to because he has been very drunk and was always trying it on me but CCTV not present but witnesses were there, so it might worth a try but I did admit it in the police, worst case scenario, first offence!! what can the sentence be?
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

S.20 is quite serious, it is grievous bodily harm without intent (s.18 is with intent, so alot more serious). If you have a trial it will be dealt with in the crown court. What are the injuries?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do have a trial and it is in Magistrates court, the injuries are nose bleed and a nose scar
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have been charged for Wound/Inflict gah without intent
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
gbh sorry
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

The guidelines (page 7) will give you a sentence indication (dowload the definitive sentencing guidelines, easy to find on google).

Even if you're found guilty I very much doubt you will go to prison as you have no previous convictions. I say this because if you do get a prison sentence I am strongly of the view it would be suspended (you only go to prison if you commit another offence within the period of suspension).

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** can not see the accept nor I can not rate, page does not work on Macs properly ?Thanks
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

Do you accept my answer? It should be a green button on the screen.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do accept the answer !!! and I would like to Rate as 5 stars but there is no green button.
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

Are you sure there is no way to press accept?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it is not on my screen!! Only adds, I will try with a PC
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

Thank you

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am on a PC, there is no accept button
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No way, there is only call me adds for better service etc, I am on 2 computers and an I phone, no indication of accepting what so ever. I called the customer service but they say out of hrs,
Expert:  JG_Legal replied 1 year ago.

Thank you