Assaults / Violence Offences – VIC

Welcome to the VIC Causing Serious Injury Recklessly page. Check out this page to know more about the offence Causing Serious Injury Recklessly according to VIC law.

What the Law States

Section 17 Crimes Act 1958
Causing serious injury recklessly

A person who, without lawful excuse, recklessly causes serious injury to another person is guilty of an indictable offence.

Maximum Penalty – Causing Serious Injury Recklessly

15 years

What the Police must prove – Causing Serious Injury Recklessly

(a) The accused caused serious injury to another.
(b) The injury was caused recklessly.
(c) The injury was caused without lawful excuse.
(d) The definition of “serious injury” is found under s 15 Crimes Act 1958.

Street Names

recklessly cause serious injury, assault causing bodily harm

Possible Defences

(a) Factual dispute
(b) Identification dispute
(c) Lack of intent
(d) Mental impairment
(e) Necessity
(f) Self-defence

Which court will hear the matter

Magistrates’ Court

Further law information can be found on Melbourne Criminal Lawyers site (click here) as well as on FindLaw (here).


Date: 09/01/2009