Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)

Have you neen charged with Grievous Bodily Harm and are and looking for more information?

A Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) charge is a severe criminal offence. GHB typically involves intentionally or recklessly causing significant physical injury or permanent disfigurement to another person. Due to the consequences for the victim, the courts treat GBH charges with the utmost seriousness, often resulting in substantial penalties upon conviction. These penalties may include lengthy prison sentences, suspended sentences, and other punitive measures designed to deter the offender and others from engaging in similar conduct. It is crucial for anyone facing a GBH charge to understand the severity of the offence and seek legal representation to navigate the complexities of the legal system and develop a robust and considered defence strategy.


Murray Torcetti Lawyers prepare a Defence Assessment for all our clients. If you have been charged with Grievous Bodily Harm, a Defence Assessment will take some of the uncertainty out of the situation and help you plan the best approach moving forward. More information about the Defence Assessment can be found here.

What does the Prosecution need to prove beyond resonable doubt?

Some of the things your lawyer will be aware of

What are some of the Defences to Grievous Bodily Harm

Can the charge be 'Case Conferenced'?

For criminal charges in Queensland, your defence lawyer will review your charges, the possible evidence and your instructions to start negotiating the charges. The aim of case conferencing for defence lawyers is to place you in the most favorable position by resisting charges and facts that are not supported by evidence, law or contrary to your instructions.

What you can do to mitigate penalty if you are pleading guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm

Grevious Bodily Harm -  Element Sheet

Download the Evade Police "element sheet' the Murray Torcetti Lawyers use when reviewing the charge.


In criminal law, "elements" refer to the specific components that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution in order for a defendant to be found guilty of a particular charge. Each criminal offence has a unique set of elements that define its scope and requirements. These elements serve as a foundation for evaluating the strength of the case against the accused and for building a defence strategy.

The elements of a charge provide a framework for determining whether the defendant's actions constitute a criminal offence. If the prosecution fails to establish one or more of the elements of the charge, the accused cannot be found guilty of the alleged crime. Understanding the elements of a specific charge is crucial for both the prosecution and the defence, as it allows them to assess the available evidence, identify potential weaknesses in their respective cases, and present persuasive arguments in court and/or determine where there may be scope for negotiation.

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T.M - 2021 

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B.N - 2021

Mr James Torcetti, Legal Practice Director, had total control of my case and represented me each time we went to court. I didn't have to appear in court except for the first time and the main time, being the final outcome. James gave me confidence and my self respect back, with his high standard of ethics. James made me feel comfortable and went out of his way to do his best to keep on top of things referring to my case, for the best outcome. I was overjoyed with the outcome of my case as I was convinced I would be walking out the back door instead of the front door and James was very truthful with me and never sugarcoated my situation. James also gave me the opportunity to make weekly payments to pay off his account.
I highly recommend Mr James Torcetti, and would definitely use his services again, however I hope I don't have to.

M.C - 2021

Murray Torcetti Lawyers were engaged to assist with providing legal advice for a criminal case and to get the best possible outcome without prejudice or judgment. It has been a long hard haul for the family and we have had a successful outcome. This didn’t come easy for both parties, there were some challenges but all the way through we were kept informed of progress and potential outcomes and potential strategies to ensure the best result. They have been a brilliant to deal with (even when there was bad news), they have remained compassionate, professional and responsive at all times and for this my family is very grateful. Well done and thank you.