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You can always make representation to them about a S47 but actually the sentencing guidelines don't make a distinction between them.
Sentence really depends on factors that I won't have here. You have probably seen the guidelines here
On first offences, even for a S20, you don't usually go to prison though.
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It isn't just the injury.
It is the factors of the assault.
When was your conviction?
This is a second offence and the other was quite recently. It is probably greater culpability, lesser harm because of the use of a weapon but the low level injury.
Well, we are estimating but probably category 2.
It is a escond offence.
you can't rely upon a suspended sentence obviously but i think you would probably be lucky.
Well, as I've said, it doesn't make any difference whether it is a S47 or S20 for the reasons explained.
you can't rely upon a suspended sentence obviously but i think you would probably achieve that.
There is no realistic prospect of a community order. You used a weapon to strike him in the head.
The low level of injuries were lucky but there is an element of luck in criminal law.
Combined with delay you would probably get a suspended sentence although that can't be guaranted.
The element of luck is that it was good fortune the injuries weren't more serious.
The minor injury is only one part of the sentencing exercise.
This is plainly higher culpability and lower harm.
you would probably get a suspended sentence although that can't be guaranted.
Delay generally reduces the sentence.
Generally delay does not arise but in the age of coronavirus it will
By the time it is sentenced it could be a while off although probably not the worst.
Now that courts are returning to work.
Oh no, not at all. The delays were all over the place throughout coronavirus.
This is a S20 which is not the worst offence but certainly not a minor one.
I do understand that you are worried but I am not going to be able to tell you that you can guarantee you will not go to prison.
Probably you would not but I cannot guarantee that.
Oh yes, but that just refers to the injuries. It covers a while scale. Remember he will probably also be charged with S18.
I wouldn't rely on newspapers. Journalists get this wrong all the time.
If you use a knife it is quite difficult to argue there is no intent apart from anything else.
It isn't really comparable to yours.
Oh no, I would expect about 18 months but that would probably be suspended.
No, there is no prospect of a section 18 here
They could charge you with attempted section 18 but they don’t do that commonly in cases like this.