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Reckless wounding is another very serious type of assault charge.

The court must be satisfied that the person knew or should have known that their acts would possibly cause a wound.

Reckless wounding can be easier to prove than ‘recklessly causing GBH’, as the injury of wounding is much more easily established.

You can very often avoid a jail sentence if you are found guilty of this offence.

Your options

Plead not guilty

In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. You wounded a person, being an injury that pierces the inner and outer layer of the skin;
  2. The act was done recklessly, meaning you realised that the particular kind of harm in fact done might be inflicted.

If any of the above elements cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt, then you will be found not guilty of the offence.

If the above elements can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, you will still be found not guilty if any of the following defences can be established:

Our experienced criminal lawyers will advise you of your prospects of successfully defending any charge brought against you and fight to have you found not guilty of the offence.

Plead guilty

If you agree with what the police are alleging against you, the way to get the best result is often to plead guilty as it demonstrates remorse and contrition as well as meaning that you will be entitled to a discount on your sentence. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to a less serious charge.

The offence of Reckless wounding carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court and 7 years imprisonment in the District Court. If the offence is committed in company then the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment. The offence of Reckless wounding is an extremely serious one and if you are charged with this offence, we advise that you contact one of our solicitors immediately. Penalties for this offence generally range from community service and suspended sentences to full time imprisonment.

Generally, penalties that a court can impose for any criminal offence in NSW are:

Heavily intoxicated, our unprovoked client threw a drink, in a glass towards a barman, the glass missed. He then threw a second drink in a glass towards the barman this hitting the bar tender in the face. The actions were caught on CCTV.

The victim suffered a cut to the lip which required six surgical sutures. The victim received emergency dental work and will have to have the tooth removed.

Charges of this type are often taken up to the District Court where there is a Standard Non Parole Period of four years Gaol. Our lawyers kept the offence in the Local Court jurisdiction – a plea of guilt was entered. In Court our lawyer submitted on the nature of the offence, the injuries sustained the history and character of the offender and other matters unique to the case.

The Magistrate dealt with the offence by recording a conviction and ordering our client to do 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Our client was charged with reckless wounding. It was alleged that our client had launched a can at the head of the victim who was an undercover police officer causing a 8cm wound to the head of the victim.

This charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years and judicial statistics indicate that 69% of those convicted of this offence receive a term of imprisonment.

Our solicitor successfully argued that a term of imprisonment was not warranted in this matter having regards to our clients prior good character and remorse and a finding that our client was provoked.

Magistrate Still at Newtown local court imposed a 250 hour community service order as an alternative to a term of imprisonment.