The court is empowered to impose a wide range of sentences for an AOABH charge. Importantly, the maximum sentence is 5 years imprisonment. However, the maximum penalty is increased to 7 years if the assault took place in company of other people.
However, in practice, the maximum penalty is only imposed in limited circumstances such as when the accused has a lengthy criminal history and when the assault is serious in nature.
Possible penalties for a first-time offender include the recording of a conviction, accompanied by the imposition of a good behaviour bond for a certain period of time.
The courts will commonly impose a criminal conviction for an AOABH charge. However, it is possible for the courts to impose a sentence that does not involve the recording a conviction. The team at Criminal Law Group are experts and can present a mitigating case on your behalf in court